Friday, December 22, 2017

Blair Municipal Airport (KBTA) Authority approves plans for possible expansion

The Blair Airport Authority approved two plans Tuesday that could make way for future expansion at the Blair Municipal Airport (BTA).

The Airport Authority reviewed drawings for the airport layout plan (ALP) with Mike Dmyterko, principal at Coffman Associates Airport Consultants in Lee's Summit, Mo. Coffman Associates, which drafted the BTA's site feasibility and master plan in 1992, also helped develop the ALP.

The 184-page, 20-year ALP gives the Airport Authority the ability to request federal funding. According to the ALP, the biggest priority is extension of its runway 1,300 feet to the north. At 4,200 feet long and 100 feet wide, the BTA's current runway is comparable to the Northern Omaha and Millard airports.

If it expands to the recommended 5,500 feet, it will be on the same playing field as Council Bluffs (Iowa), Fremont and Plattsmouth municipal airports.

The cost of the runway extension is estimated at $2.6 million to $2.7 million. Ninety percent of the cost would be paid through federal grants.

Other proposed projects include construction of additional hangars as well as a restaurant and second airport entrance.

The Airport Authority approved the ALP, which Coffman Associates will submit to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA will review and accept the plan. Acceptance of the plan doesn't commit the Airport Authority to complete the projects.

“The signature is simply the acceptance of the plan,” Dmyterko explained.

The Airport Authority also approved the submittal of its Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to the Nebraska Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics.

The CIP lists similar projects to the ALP, but allows the Airport Authority the ability to request state funding.

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