On Tuesday the 27th, sometime prior to 4:00pm local, an aircraft collided with the 11 PAPI while using the 11 grass strip. The PAPI was destroyed and significant damage was inflicted on the remaining system and PAPI location including wiring being pulled out and frangible couplings broken. The PAPI box was impacted and ended up detached from the base. It came to rest in the middle of the adjacent taxiway amidst glass, dirt and other FOD.
The significance of the impact undoubtedly was known to the pilot and/or other occupants at the time and we are currently investigating the incident. This raises several concerns to airport staff and should concern you as well as a user and/or tenant of the airfield here.
Leaving the scene of an aircraft incident with significant damage to airport equipment or aircraft damage.
Leaving the scene with dangerous debris and FOD at the site and in crucial areas that have a high traffic or consistent traffic of aircraft and airport vehicles.
Failure to report the incident to Airport Administration. Creating an unsafe condition with exposed live wires, FOD and inoperable navigation aids and no warning to other pilots in the area.
Without anyone to “fess up” to damaging the airport equipment, the airport will be forced to incur all costs associated with repair and replacement of the NAV aid. This could be thousands of dollars that the Airport would rather (or more than likely) have budgeted for other items that will now be delayed or cancelled.
We understand that accidents happen. We also understand that first and foremost the safety of tenants and users of the Airport are our primary duty. Notification of Airport staff of any incident or unsafe practices shouldn’t be seen as optional or ignored. The safety and efficient operation of the Airport is everyone’s responsibility in the end, especially regarding airside incidents and conditions.
When you studied to become a pilot, no doubt, you saw the requirements and responsibilities noted in the FAR AIM. Included in those requirements was the term “must be of good moral character” in regards to qualifications for an ATP certificate (14 CFR 61.153 c ). I think we can all agree that this should apply to all pilots.
If you have any information regarding the incident mentioned here please let the Airport know.
Marty D. Wray C.M. A.C.E , Operations Manager 360-403-3470
Homebuilders Needed for Survey on Technical Counselor Program
The volunteer EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council is working with EAA staff to review our Technical Counselor program and we are seeking input from active builders. If you are building or have completed an experimental amateur-built aircraft within the last five years, please take this survey. The input provided form the survey will help us determine if any enhancements or changes to the program are needed.
The all-volunteer Technical Counselor program is the longest running safety program offered by EAA. EAA Technical Counselors are experienced aircraft builders, restorers, and mechanics who volunteer their time to visit other EAA members who are in the process of building or restoring their own aircraft. The goal of EAA’s Technical Counselors program is to help members present a “zero defect” aircraft at final inspection by the FAA. It’s aimed at providing experienced builders to help you make the right choices during construction.
Thank you for your participation!
Email from Port of Skagit on Oct. 5th
Dear T-Hangar Tenants and Stakeholders,
I’m sure many of you have noticed the activity around Skagit Regional Airport in recent months, so I’d like to provide an update on some of the happenings on the airfield.
The largest development project at Skagit Regional Airport continues to move forward on Lot 72, which will include large box hangars and expanded apron space. The Port of Skagit received FAA funding in 2019 and 2020 to support this project, which will add approximately 3.4 acres or 150,000 sq ft of expanded apron surface. TRICO Construction has been working on excavation and are scheduled to begin paving within the next two weeks or so. In related work, SRV and Quantum Construction is doing site prep work for the Alyeska hangar as part of that overall public-private project, so there’s great progress happening on Lot 72.
Chad Fisher Construction is moving forward with the Dyberg Aviation hangar project, which consists of two hangar buildings, each with 10 t-hangars on the 04-22 side of the airfield. We anticipate that project to be completed sometime in November. If you are interested in learning more about leasing opportunities, please contact Mike Dyberg directly at 253-906-7930.
Demolition of T-Hanger Building A on the 11-29 side of the airfield is scheduled to begin this week. Please be advised of the demolition work in the area and be mindful of any hazards near the site. Vehicle access gate serving Higgins Airport Way in this area will be inoperable until further notice.
The 100LL Avgas fuel tank relocation project on the cargo apron continues to move forward. Project completion to occur late fall 2020.
Thankfully the off-field aircraft incident on Higgins Airport Way last Thursday was a non-injury incident. FAA and NTSB are completing their investigation. Port staff, local EMS and Skagit County Sherriff’s Department all provided excellent response. Continued airport incident response training has created a very high quality team, thank you to all who assisted.
The airport continues to be a busy transportation hub, serving a variety of general aviation uses. Thank you again for your participation and partnership in the KBVS community. Please feel free to call me at 360-757-9839 with questions or concerns.
Sincerely,Keith Love, Airport Supervisor
Skagit Airport Newsletter (email)
Have you seen the new Airport news and update email from the Port of Skagit dated August 27th? This is the first one I’ve seen and I hope there’s more coming. It talks about changes at Corporate Air, Noise Abatement Procedures, Upcoming events, A Message From SASA, Airport project updates (hangars), Airport Maintenance and a Safety Talk. If you didn’t get the email contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Email from Port of Skagit on July 20, 2020:
Dear T-Hangar Tenants and Stakeholders,
I hope this letter finds you all safe and well amid these extraordinary times. While the last four months have been unusual and difficult in many ways, important development projects at the Skagit Regional Airport have continued to move forward.
The hangar proposal slated for the area formerly occupied by T-hangar buildings B and C, and currently occupied by T-hangar building A is moving forward. The land is currently under lease to construct a new large aircraft hangar. T-hangar building A is scheduled to be demolished by the end of September to prepare for the coming project. We anticipate the new hangar construction will begin late this year. The Port has successfully relocated all but one tenant in T-hangar building A and will be working with the final occupant to find a suitable alternative.
On the 04-22 side of the airfield, groundwork on the Dyberg hangar development project began the first week of June and construction is progressing nicely. This is the first T-hangar development on the airfield in decades, and we look forward to this project and the value it will bring to our airport community.
Groundbreaking on the Lot 72 project, which will include large box hangars and expanded apron space, is expected to take place in early August once FAA funding is secured. This $5-million project near Corporate Air Center will provide more services and capacity for Skagit Regional Airport to serve increased business jet traffic, a major objective of our Airport Master Plan.
Despite the challenges we’ve all been facing since March, we remain optimistic and committed to moving forward with these and other important projects at the Port of Skagit that will bring economic growth and opportunities to our community. Thank you for being a supportive partner in our work. Please feel free to call me at (360) 757-0011 or on my cell at (360) 770-7704 with questions or concerns.
Sara K. Young Director of Planning and Facilities Airport Manager
Email from Port of Skagit on 4/15/2020:
Dear Skagit Regional Airport pilots & community,
We are writing to update you on the changing status of Runway 04-22 at Skagit Regional Airport. Runway 04-22 is a secondary runway and is not supported with federal funding because it does not meet the minimum wind coverage requirements as defined by the FAA. The surface of the runway is the original asphalt from 1944 when the airfield was built to support military efforts during WWII and is in deteriorating condition. The Port has been evaluating the surface condition for several years and has determined, in consultation with our airport engineers, that the time has come to place some operational constraints on the use of the runway.
Until further notice, the Port will restrict use of Runway 04-22 to small, piston-engine aircraft only, under 12,500 pounds. The risk of foreign object debris (FOD) is elevated on Runway 04-22 due to the age and current condition of the asphalt and was a key consideration in the decision.
Because of the deteriorating condition of Runway 04-22, the Port encourages all pilots, including those with small aircraft, to use Runway 11-29 as your primary runway. We understand that this will increase traffic of 11-29, but this runway is well-equipped to handle the increased aircraft use.
The Port is working with our airport engineers on long-term solutions to the maintenance and repair of Runway 04-22. A full-depth rehabilitation of the runway could cost upwards of $4.8m. We are evaluating options to lower this cost and are looking for non-FAA funding opportunities to support the runway. We will keep you informed as we learn more.
To be clear, Runway 04-22 is not closing, nor is it being decommissioned. We understand the finality of that type of determination and therefore are simply restricting use to smaller aircraft only.
The Port and engineers will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. If further changes need to be made to ensure the safety of people and property, we will communicate those changes to you as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will continue to look for options for maintenance and repair, await the further determinations of airport engineers, and be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
We understand that this will impact some pilots more than others, but the risk warrants this decision in order to prioritize the safety of everyone and everything within our airport.
Thank you for your understanding and involvement in the KBVS community.
Sincerely, Sara K. Young, Airport Manager, Director of Planning and Facilities
After a response from WPA Pres. Ken Davies and WPA Govt Affairs John Dobson, The Port of Skagit responded:
Good morning and thanks so much for including me in this important conversation. I’d like to offer a few more thoughts for the good of the order.
First, here is a link to our airport master plan, which is currently in development. We welcome any feedback.
Second, John is correct, we can do an overlay that will be sufficient to maintain the runway for a very long time for less than $1M. We are looking at that option seriously with our engineer and a local paving contractor and I expect that will be the path forward for this runway. If we can keep federal funding out of it we are much more likely to get a less expensive, but entirely adequate project done. Federal standards = $$$.
Third, a place where advocacy would be incredibly helpful would be in addressing the shortage of state funding for airports. We are very unlikely to change the FAA’s policy on funding for unjustified runways, which 04-22 is according to the wind coverage data. This however, would be a wonderful project for state funding if there were more to go around.
The Port commission has expressed a lot of support for Runway 04-22. If we can bring the cost down to less than $1M and bring some state funding to the table, I am confident the Port could find local matching funds to support the project. I am very optimistic about the future of this runway, but it will take some time to work through the funding scenarios.
In the meantime, the runway surface is becoming an increasing FOD hazard and we cannot sweep due to the unraveling pavement. I apologize if the message we sent out seemed alarmist, but we want our pilot community to be fully informed of the concern.
I greatly appreciate WPA’s advocacy for airports and airport funding. Keep up the good work and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like to discuss directly.
Take care out there, Sara
Recently we have seen an increase in sloppy and haphazard waste oil and toxic waste dumping at the waste oil locations at Arlington.
The Airport is under no obligation to provide a waste dump site, and these services costs are ever-increasing. The liability to the city for hazardous spills and/or site contamination is huge. Coupled with the cost, liability and potential hazmat pollution issues, the Airport may soon be forced to discontinue this service. This would leave the users, tenants, and others to find alternate recycling or waste sites to drop off these items off-site on their own and at their sole expense.
Please help us to maintain this service to our Airport users by cleaning up after yourself. If the oil container is full, please call the Airport Office immediately, and we will have our contracted service properly empty the containers. If you see someone leaving a mess, call the office.
Monroe Whitman Operations Specialist
Arlington Municipal Airport
18204 59th Ave NE
Arlington, WA 98223
Cell: 360-631-2841 email@example.com