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Posted on: May 30, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Proposed Passenger Facility Charge APPLICATION


 519 Rio Grande Avenue = Gunnison, Colorado 81230 = P 970.641.2304 = F 970.641.8559

 May 30, 2023

Gunnison COUNTY

Proposed Passenger Facility Charge APPLICATION nO. 23-07-C-00-GUC to the FAA to Impose and Use a PFC at GUNNISON-CRESTED BUTTE REGIONAL AIRPORTS

NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

Gunnison County (the County) has determined the need to submit to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Application to impose at Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airports (GUC or the Airport) and to concurrently use PFC revenue at the Airport. The County has issued this public notice as part of the PFC application process as per Title 14 Code of Regulation (CFR) Part 158.24 Notice and Opportunity for Public Comment. 

Comment Period:  The County will accept public comments on the proposed PFC Application No. 23-07-C-00-GUC (PFC 23-07) from the day of posting through Friday, June 30, 2023.

County Point of Contact:  Comments may be mailed to Mr. Rick Lamport, Airport Manager, Gunnison - Crested Butte Regional Airports, 519 Rio Grande Avenue, Gunnison, CO 81230 or e-mailed at RLamport@gunnisoncounty.org.

The following information is provided in accordance with 14 CFR 158.24(b)(1):

The County will seek Authority from the FAA to impose and use PFCs with the following characteristics:

 PFC Level:  A four dollar and fifty cent ($4.50) charge on passengers enplaned at the Airport.

Charge Effective Date:  August 1, 2023 (which reflects the estimated charge expiration date for proposed amendment No. 2 to approved PFC Application No. 12-06-C-00-GUC). 

Estimated Charge Expiration Date: October 1, 2027 

Estimated Total PFC Impose and Use Revenue: $931,049

Projects for which the County is seeking Impose and Use Authority:

7.01. GA Apron Rehabilitation – Design

 Project Description: This project funds for the design services and associated study for the General Aviation (GA) Apron Rehabilitation project at GUC. The current GA Apron is located west of the Terminal and is approximately 41,500 square yards constructed with asphalt concrete (AC).

 Project Justification: This project preserves capacity of the airport. The GA Apron pavements were last rehabilitated over 10 years ago and now show major signs of surface distress. According to the Airport Improvement Program Handbook, (AIP Handbook) the GA Apron pavements have exceeded the minimum useful life criterion for pavement rehabilitation. The rehabilitation of these surfaces will provide for better taxiing surfaces and extend the useful life of these pavements.

 

7.02 GA Apron Rehabilitation – Construction Phase I

 Project Description: This project funds for phase I full depth reconstruction and rehabilitation of the GA Apron. This project entails removing and replacing approximately 35,000 square yards of the existing pavements. Additionally, this project will provide improvements to the pavement drainage, install electrical equipment, and restripe all affected areas.  

 Project Justification: This project preserves capacity of the airport. According to the AIP Handbook the minimum useful life criterion for pavement rehabilitation is 10 years. This section of the GA apron was last rehabilitated in June 1992, which exceeds FAA criteria. Overall deterioration of the airfield pavement leads to FOD, a safety hazard for operating aircraft, and the continued deterioration of the pavement will inhibit the capacity of the Airport. Therefore, the rehabilitation of these pavement areas is necessary to preserve capacity of the Airport.

 

7.03 Taxiway Connectors A4-A8 Rehabilitation

 Project Description: This project funds for design, permitting, construction, and construction administration for Taxiway A Connectors at A4, A5, A6, and A8.  This project will rehabilitate approximately 14,000 square yards of pavement of those taxiway connector areas not addressed in the 2017 Runway 6-24 Rehabilitation project. 

 Project Justification: This project preserves capacity of the airport. According to AIP Handbook, the minimum useful life criterion for pavement rehabilitation is 10 years. The Taxiway Connectors at A5, A6, A7 and A8  were last rehabilitated in May 2004, and A4  was last rehabilitated in August 2006, which exceeds FAA criteria. Overall deterioration of the airfield pavement leads to FOD, a safety hazard for operating aircraft, and the continued deterioration of the pavement will inhibit the capacity of the Airport. Therefore, the rehabilitation of these pavement areas is necessary to preserve capacity of the Airport.

 

7.04 GA Apron Expansion – Drainage Improvements

 Project Description: Project funds for the study, design, and construction of the drainage improvements west of the Main Terminal. This study will evaluate options and make infrastructure improvements to best address storm water drainage water flow issues at the Airport. Furthermore, this project also installs a drainage pipe that extends from Taxiway A to an outfall area beyond the Airport’s perimeter fence.

 Project Justification: During major rain events, the ditch has flooded and made sections of the airfield and taxiway system unusable. Additionally, Airport staff are required to annually maintain this ditch by cutting vegetation and removing excess sediment and debris. The vegetation and standing water attract birds which pose a potential threat to aircraft. The installation of the underground pipe will preserve the capacity of the Airport, by alleviating a potential bird threat and flooding events and allowing the airport to gain additional ramp space.

 

7.05 GA Apron Expansion and Runway 17 RPZ South Adjustment

 Project Description: The Project funds for the study, design, and construction of the GA Apron Expansion and adjustments to the Runway 17 Runway Protection Zone (RPZ). This project will extend the current GA Ramp east to the drainage ditch. The extended area will also install electrical conduits, lights, signage, and striping. The project will also reduce the length of Runway 17-35 (turf) to adjust the RPZ southward to allow for development of the new GA Apron area.

 Project Justification: This project mitigates RPZ development restrictions to provide for additional GA ramp space and allows the Airport to evaluate options for better use of the land.  

 

7.06 GA Apron Rehabilitation – Construction Phase II

 Project Description: This project funds for phase II full depth reconstruction and rehabilitation of the GA Apron. This project entails removing and replacing approximately 8,500 square yards of the existing pavements. Additionally, this project will provide improvements to the pavement drainage, install electrical equipment, and restripe all affected areas.  

 Project Justification: This project preserves capacity of the airport. According to the AIP Handbook the minimum useful life criterion for pavement rehabilitation is 10 years. The GA apron  was last rehabilitated in June 2002, which exceeds FAA criteria. Overall deterioration of the airfield pavement leads to FOD, a safety hazard for operating aircraft, and the continued deterioration of the pavement will inhibit the capacity of the Airport. Therefore, the rehabilitation of these pavement areas is necessary to preserve capacity of the Airport.

 

7.07 Airport Layout Plan Update

 Project Description: This project funds for the development of an Airport Layout Plan (ALP) Update for GUC. The ALP is a drawing set that depicts the full build-out of aviation- and non-aviation-related facilities associated with the preferred development to be developed.  

 Project Justification: GUC’s previous full Master Plan Study was conducted in 2015 and completed in 2016. The ALP update will address any changes since the completion of the Master Plan study. The ALP is public document and serves as a record of present and future aeronautical requirements and developments. Additionally, the ALP contains information used by the FAA to program future funding assistance and to gauge the airport’s compliance with design standards and grant assurances.

 

7.08 PFC Administrative Cost

 Project Description: This project provides for the preparation and implementation of an application to “Impose and Use” a PFC at GUC, which will be submitted to the FAA. The consultant will gather the necessary project, financial, and statistical information; prepare the required public notice; prepare the required air carrier consultation notice; ensure that all procedural requirements are met during the air carrier meeting; prepare the application; prepare the response to air carrier comments; provide the completed application in a format ready for execution and submission; and prepare the air carrier notice upon FAA approval.  

 Project Justification: Retaining a PFC consultant helps ensure PFC Applications are filed according to the rules and regulation determined by the FAA. Administrative cost is eligible in accordance with 14 CFR 158.3 PFC Administrative Support Cost

 

Funding Sources for PFC 23-07

 

Pro     No.

 

Project Title

PFC     Level

PFC Revenue Requested

Amt. AIP Funding

Discretionary AIP

BIL Funding

CDOT Funds

Total

Pay-Go

Total PFC

Project Cost

7.01

GA Apron Rehabilitation- Design

$4.50

$48,889

$48,889

$0

$0

$0

$440,000

$488,889

7.02

GA Apron Rehabilitation- Const. Phase 1

$4.50

$223,526

$223,526

$983,513

$2,011,731

$1,028,218

$223,526

$4,470,514

7.03

Rehabilitate Connectors A4-A8

$4.50

$112,415

$112,415

$989,248

$0

$1,034,214

$112,415

$2,248,292

7.04

GA Apron Expansion- Drainage Imp. 

$4.50

$56,859

$56,859

$0

$0

$1,023,462

$56,859

$1,137,180

7.05

GA Apron Exp. & Adjust RW 17 RPZ South

$4.50

$250,000

$250,000

$0

$4,500,000

$0

$250,000

$5,000,000

7.06

GA Apron Rehabilitation- Phase 2

$4.50

$208,333

$208,333

$1,000,000

$2,000,000

$750,000

$208,333

$4,166,666

7.07

ALP Update

$4.50

$13,889

$13,889

$0

$0

$250,000

$13,889

$277,778

7.08

PFC Administrative Costs

$4.50

$17,138

$17,138

$0

$0

$0

$0

$17,138


Total


$931,049

$931,049

$2,972,761

$8,511,731

$4,085,894

$1,305,022

$17,806,457

 

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