Aviation Advisory Committee
May 19, 2010
The Aviation Advisory Committee met on the above date with the following members present: Chairman Carlos Diaz and members, Theodore Elbert, Mike Harris, Clay McCutchan, and Randy Roy. County staff present: County Administrator (Hunter Walker), County Engineer (Roger Blaylock), and Administrative Services Manager (Tammy Simmons).
Chairman Diaz called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
Diaz questioned if we have been receiving hangar surveys back? Simmons stated we have; however, she does not have this information with her at this time. Simmons will provide a summary at the next meeting. Diaz questioned if Flight Watch received the survey; Simmons responded that she did receive a list from Flight Watch and the survey was sent out to this group.
FBO Lease update
Elbert requested the status of the FBO lease. Diaz stated he has not heard from the County. Walker stated he will get an update from the County Attorney.
Walker stated the representative from Eglin is not present to do the GRASI update. Roy stated Mr. Kessler is in Virginia reviewing the model for the GRASI airspace. Mr. Kessler’s intent is to be at the June meeting. Roy stated he is going to ask Mr. Kessler to do a short Powerpoint overview including a timeline for the committee members.
TSA Security Survey
Diaz questioned if we had asked to receive a copy of the TSA Security Survey? Blaylock stated we have not requested a copy of the survey results; however, we have submitted a security survey to TSA and will get a copy back of the results.
The minutes of the February 17, 2010 meeting were approved.
McCutchan stated he would like to be present at the next hangar inspection.
FBO Parking Lot
Diaz questioned if the county is able to update the dirt parking lot. Blaylock stated money is tight, we will look at it and see if we can get matching funds from the State. Daiz would like to look at it again.
Glass expressed his recent unpleasant experience with Whiting Field concerning one of their training planes making an emergency landing at the OLF Holley Field. Roy stated anyone that has an emergency can land at any field practical, the typical procedure for the military is to get a hold harmless, have the pilot show proof of insurance, make sure they have a license, ascertain what happened, and get the CO’s permission to take off.
Elbert questioned if all the light issues have been taken care of. Glass responded the REIL lights have been taken care of, one of the PAPI lights is currently out. Glass stated he checks the lights once a week.
Pensacola Flight Watch, Inc., Issues
Holbert gave an update on Pensacola Regional, the Discovery Park, Panama City Airport and the Flight Watch list that was submitted to Administrative Services for the airport/tenant survey.
Blaylock stated the electrical storm last evening has impacted the auto-gate at the airport; it is currently in the manual mode, someone will be working on it tomorrow morning. Runway markings 18-36 is going to be re-worked in the next few weeks. A major project that is in the pipeline is our run-up aprons, we received an earmark from this last congressional budget and we will be submitting a pre-application to FAA in time for an award sometime after October 1, in the new fiscal year, this will put a run-up apron at each of the four quadrants on Peter Prince. We advertised and have received bids for three A sized hangars they will be going in the same area with the last 24; two south bound and one north bound on that pad. We are looking to find additional funding for at least three rectangular A size on the extreme north taxiway.
Walker stated that Randy Compton has resigned and requested recommendations from the committee. Diaz stated Mr. Compton was a valuable member to this board.
McCutchan stated Crestview’s FBO is having an open house on May 22.
The next meeting will be at 5:00 p.m. on June 16, 2010. Meeting adjourned at 5:50 p.m.
Roy stated the T-6 is now on board and the goal is to have about 50 by the end of the year. We want to get the word out to the local flying facilities and FBO’s that we will be flying around the old OLF’s on the weekends.
Diaz stated he had read an article by Dennis Douglas, "What’s in Your Hangar?," Kitplanes Magazine May 2010, copy attached to minutes, that was very interesting concerning what you can and cannot keep in your hangar.
McCutchan requested information on the number of hangars that are rented today. Simmons responded that all the hangars except 2 commercial hangars are rented.