Friday, April 04, 2014

Perryville Municipal Airport (K02), Missouri: Big Plans

The City of Perryville has an ambitious 10-year plan for the Perryville Municipal airport. City Administrator and Airport Manager Brent Buerck said the airport is valuable asset to the City of Perryville.

“It is essential to have a viable airport to help promote and develop industry,” Buerck said.

The Perryville Municipal Airport is located approximately nine miles north of Perryville’s central business district.  The Municipal Airport is a general aviation facility situated on a 351-acre site in the Bois Brule Bottoms on Route H. 

The Municipal Airport was originally built by the U.S. Government as a training facility in the early 1940’s.  The airport was deeded to the city of Perryville in 1947 and has been operational since that time. 

The airport has a 7,000’ x 100’ concrete runway equipped with medium intensity runway lights and runway end identifier lights, which allow various types of aircrafts, including jets, to use the facility.

“The airport runway is the longest one between St. Louis and Memphis,” Buerck said.

Fixed base operators include Sabreliner Corporation, which is engaged in modifications and overhauls to both civilian and military aircraft.

“The airport is essentially divided into two parts. One part being that it is leased by Saberliner Corporation and the other being an unmanned facility,” Buerck said.

The city recently put out a notice that they were soliciting Statements of Qualifications and experience from airport consultants for anticipated projects to be completed over the next five years. The first two projects listed have already been listed in this years’ city budget. The project list includes:

The installation of an AWOS, which is an automatic weather observation system with an estimated cost of $300,000.

Making the Airport a Fuel Facility with an estimated cost $500,000. “This is a must to promote growth at the airport. We don’t have a timeframe yet on the fuel farm but hope to have it installed by the end of our budget year, which is March 31, 2015. We are working now to select the airport consultant who will be responsible for that work.  The AWOS will ultimately be installed by the same firm and that is dependent on our acquiring the proper easements,” Buerck said.

Installation of concrete pads with aircraft tie-downs with an estimated cost $50,000.

A ramp rehabilitation with an estimated cost $2,880,000.

Installation of airport security and fencing with an estimated cost $200,000.

Airport terminal development with an estimated cost $350,000. “This will not be like LAX, we are talking the size of Cape’s terminal or even smaller,” Buerck said.

Runway obstruction removal with an estimated cost $300,000.

Development of Instrument Landing System (ILS) with an estimated cost of $3,000,000.

Perform Aeronautical Surveys for Instrument Approach Procedure nDevelopment and GIS Requirements.

Development of an Airport Layout Plan (ALP) and Narrative or Master Plan

Preparation of a Certificate of Title.

Assistance with required environmental actions and documentation.

Assistance with land acquisition for airport development, and for compliance with FAA standards and regulations.

Airport lighting/electrical or navigational aid improvements.

Airport pavement rehabilitation, maintenance, earthwork, and improvements, e.g. runway extension, crack-fill, seal-coat, overlay, grading, marking, etc. with an estimated cost $600,000.

“We received Statements of Qualifications from four companies and will be reviewing and most likely deciding on a candidate during the April 1 Perryville City Council meeting,” Buerck said. “The project list was based on our Airport Capital Improvement Plan approved by MoDOT.  It includes identified needs for the airport in the future.  We do not plan on completing every project on this list within the next five years but certainly wanted a consultant skilled and experienced enough to handle every project.”