Approved Jan 18, 2017 - Aviation Advisory Minutes
Aviation Advisory Committee (AAC)
July 20, 2016
The Aviation Advisory Committee met on the above date with the following members present: Mike Harris (District 2), Brian Watkins (District 3), Michael Wooley (District 4), Chip Mapoles (District 5), and Jack Kiger (Eglin Representative). County staff present: Assistant County Engineer (Michael Schmidt) and Administrative Services Manager (Tammy Simmons).
Watkins called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. The minutes of the January 20 2016, meeting was approved unanimously.
Hangar Use Policy – Mike Wooley
Wooley stated the FAA hangar-use policy has changed and will go into effect July 1, 2017. Wooley briefed the committee on the new rules for hangar use and stated he feels the committee and staff will be challenged on the new rules by some hangar tenants. A summary was provided to each committee member prior to the meeting (https://aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2016/june/15/faa-clarifies-hangar-use-policy) which included a link with frequently asked questions. Wooley stated the two biggest challenges are going to be “constructing amateur-built aircraft” and “storing non-aeronautical items that do not interfere with the primary aeronautical purpose of the hanger”. Wooley read a statement from the article “Finally, for airports with hangar capacity that exceeds local demand, the FAA said, “it is preferable to make use of the hangars to generate revenue for the airport, as long as the hangar capacity can be recovered on relatively short notice ….”; Wooley believes this will allow a tenant to store a lot of non-aeronautical stuff under the FAA rules and stated if the committee and county want to still clamp down on storage, they need to be ready to answer the questions.
Schmidt stated the updated hangar-use policy was presented to Code Enforcement for their review and they determined “it lines up with what we have been allowing; we do not believe that this policy changes what our practices have been in regards to items that are allowed within the hangars”.
Schmidt stated in the frequently asked questions section of the article referring to “What uses are not permissible under the policy” they specifically state that “car and motorcycle storage” is not really the intent of it; however, clearly if you drive your motorcycle and you are going to fly a plane, then obviously you can store your motorcycle in there but if you have a fleet of motorcycles that you want to store in the hangar then that obviously would not be allowed.
Schmidt stated he believes the county has been consistent and fair with all the tenants and will continue to be consistent and fair.
UAS Drone Operations – Ken Weeks, Operations Director with Offshore Pix E.C. - http://offshorepixec.com/
Weeks discussed the following basic Part 107 guidelines for Unmanned Aircraft System’s (UAS) https://www.faa.gov/uas/media/Part_107_Summary.pdf that will go into effect at the end of August; which will increase the UAS activity. Radio Controlled (RC’s) hobbyist will not be affected by these new rules.
• “Small unmanned aircraft may not operate over any persons no directly participating in the operation …”
• “At all times the small unmanned aircraft must remain close enough to the remote pilot in command and the person manipulating the flight controls of the small UAS for those people to be capable of seeing the aircraft with vision unaided by any device other than corrective lenses.”
• “Visual line-of-sight (VLOS) only; the unmanned aircraft must remain within VLOS of the remote pilot in command and the person manipulating the flight controls of the small UAS.”
• The operator must “be at least 16 years old”.
• The drones have cloud clearances much like the regular aviation GA does (3 miles of visibility, 500 feet below 2000 horizontal (3-5-2)
• “Daylight-only operations or civil twilight (30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset, local time) with appropriate anti-collision lighting
• “Ensure that the small unmanned aircraft complies with the existing registration requirements specified in CFR 91.203(a) (2).”
• “A person operating a small UAS must either hold a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating or be under the direct supervision of a person who does hold a remote pilot certificate (remote pilot in command).”
• “Operations in Class B, C, D and E airspace are allowed with the required Air Traffic Control (ATC) permission”.
Weeks stated the one point of interest that needs to be brought to the attention of this Committee and staff is the Advisory Circular 107-2 at 5.8.1 (http://www.faa.gov/uas/media/AC_107-2_AFS-1_Signed.pdf) “Unless the flight is conducted within controlled airspace, no notification or authorization is necessary to operate at or near an airport”. Weeks has had conversation with Eglin, Pensacola International, and Whiting Field about their airspace, we have talked to all of their air traffic controllers and for what the FAA is telling them, UAS pilots will go online, file with the FAA (https://www.faa.gov/uas/request_waiver/media/instructions.pdf , the FAA will then contact them and coordinate this UAS flight with them. If these organizations do not approve, then the flight will be denied. If they do approve, it will get approved, sent back to us, then we can go fly. They are telling us there is a 24-48 hour turnaround on airspace approval.
Peter Prince Runway Rehabilitation
Schmidt provided information concerning the runway rehabilitation project (mill, resurface, and stripe):
• Bid results – May 2016
o Low bid - Panhandle Grading and Paving - $1.1 million
o Submitted approval for bid award to FAA – June 2016
? Anticipate FAA approval to come within the next two weeks.
o Start of construction – As soon as contractor can do so with the proviso we communicate with both FBO’s and all tenants to make sure everyone understands exactly what is going to happen.
? The project will take approximately 4-6 weeks.
? All work will take place during night time only (we propose from 8:00 pm – 5:00 am). The runway will have temporary striping, it will be fully usable during the daylight hours, and the work will be phased to minimize disruptions to current operations in 8-12 segments.
Bill Lynn questioned if there is a possibility to repair and add additional signage while the rehab is going on? The sign that is at Taxiway A coming out of AMS has been hit; creating opportunity for runway incursion. It would be helpful to get a new sign showing runway 18 and red stop signs for the aircraft before you get on the runways. Lynn stated the FAA has a runway incursion program (http://www.faa.gov/airports/special_programs/rim/ . Lynn further questioned if runway lights are going to be included in this grant?
Schmidt stated the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) (http://www.faa.gov/airports/aip/ grant is being utilized for this project and the County is in the process of talking with their consultant to address these issues through our contractor. If the issues cannot be addressed utilizing AIP funding then the county will fix them through our normal budgetary process. Schmidt stated the damaged runway lights are included in this grant.
Schmidt stated the county is going to replace the wind socks and have the wind speed indicator repaired.
Two New Road Paving Projects – Michael Schmidt
Schmidt provided the following information concerning two new road paving projects at Peter Prince Field.
1. 900’ of roadway from Aviation Drive north to the last hangar at the SW corner (currently crushed asphalt that is utilized by the tenants in the SW hangars.
2. 300’ of roadway to the North and East of Peter Prince Aviation for additional commercial use.
These two projects will go out for bid within the next few weeks, take approximately a month to complete and hopefully get underway by late summer.
No FBO issues.
Administrative/ Engineering Issues
Simmons stated 114 of the 115 hangars at Peter Prince Field are currently leased. The county is holding one while the maintenance within A-E and H hangars takes place; we will also hold the next available hangar so we can work two at the same time. Maintenance consist of gutter work: replace/repair, add, re-attach; interior hangar work: Ospho metal beams to remove rust, prime with oil primer, paint with finish coat of metal oil base paint; and roof work: tighten roof screws, replace stripped screws, add screws at eave, install flashing grade sealant to horizontal seams and on all roof fasteners encapsulating fastener head and deteriorated washers and spot prime rusted areas on roof panels. We currently have 6 individuals on the hangar waiting list. Finance sent a letter out to the tenants making them aware of automatic payment withdrawal available for hangar lease payments.
Harris questioned if the commercial hangars are being leased to individuals at a reduced rate?
Simmons stated the commercial hangars are being leased at the rates approved by the Aviation Advisory Committee and Board of County Commissioners.
Harris questioned if the individual has to own all the aircraft within the hangar?
Simmons stated they have to own an aircraft and provide insurance and proof of ownership; if a plane is in the hangar that is owned by another individual, they have to pay the additional fee for any plane and provide insurance and proof of ownership, same policy for all hangars.
Harris questioned if there is any demand for a commercial operation to go into the commercial hangars?
Simmons stated she does not believe that a commercial business can operate from the H-Commercial hangars; the H hangars are not defined as commercial on the airport layout plan; they were built for commercial businesses to store their aircraft, not for commercial business use.
Wooley stated he noticed a lot of gravel in the middle of the taxiway leading up to runway 36, and questioned if the county has a sweeping program to sweep the runway and taxiways? Wooley recommended a regular scheduled pass down the runway and the taxiways. Simmons’ stated we can arrange the sweeping through the Road Department; our issue is that the Engineering and Administrative Services Department are dependent on the Road Department to take care of issues at the airport as there is not a designated staff for the airport; the Road Department will have to decide if they can take on the additional duties for the requested sweeping program.
Next Aviation Advisory Committee will be October 19, 2016.
Meeting adjourned at 5:40 p.m.