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Public Notice for PFC Application

Public Notice for PFC Application
Notice Date: November 27, 2013
Existing PFC Program:
Since 1993, and with the approval of the Federal Administration (FAA), The Greater Binghamton Airport (BGM) has been authorized to collect and use a total of $10,078,182 in Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) revenues. These funds are regulated by United States of America Federal Regulation (FAR Part 158) to be used toward previously approved projects that address aviation safety, security, and preservation and capacity enhancements improvements.
In accordance with federal law, PFC revenues can be used to offset the local share of federally funded projects or to pay up to 100% of the project costs. As a result, the use of PFC revenues enables safety, security and capacity enhancing capital projects to be completed at BGM without the requirement of Airport Operating or General Broome County Tax funding. In other words, this type of funding program enables the operation of the airport to remain self-supporting without the requirement of General Broome County Tax Funding.
Proposed PFC Plan/Budget:  
The Broome County Department of Aviation proposes imposing and using PFC revenues to accomplish the following projects:
New Projects                                                                                      PFC Requirement
  • Environmental Assessment for Landside Development                                       
  •  (Impose and use )                                                                              $ 160,000       
                                                                                  Total:               $ 160,000       
Project Descriptions and Justification:
1.         Environmental Study for Landside Development (Impose and Use)
The proposed project will include the completion of environmental studies covering approximately 190 acres at Greater Binghamton Airport identified for future development. The studies are needed for early identification of environmental constraints as future development plans are progressed, and will be incorporated into a future Environmental Assessment. A Wetlands and Waterways Delineation will be completed as required by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act) and will be coordinated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a formal jurisdictional determination will be requested. In addition, Phase IA and Phase IB Cultural Resources Surveys will be completed as required by the National Historic Preservation Act.  Further coordination will occur as part of these studies with the State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (SHPO). 
The proposed project is a key step towards identifying potential impacts associated with development at Greater Binghamton Airport. The results of the proposed studies will enable the airport to further narrow potential areas for development and will be utilized as part of a future Environmental Assessment. FAA Order 5100.38C (Paragraph 406s) indicates that cultural resource surveys, required to meet archaeological historical, architectural, and similar requirements are eligible for AIP and PFC funds.  Further, water quality planning to meet the requirements of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act is eligible for AIP and PFC funds. Draft FAA Order 5100.38D (Table S-1) also notes the eligibility of a study that analyzes a specific environmental condition at an airport, which is inclusive of the two studies proposed. The proposed project meets PFC Eligibility Criteria 1 by preserving or enhancing the safety, security, and capacity of the national air transportation system.
This project’s costs are scheduled to be paid as follows:
      100% PFC Funding
Project Start:   May     2013                Project End:    December        2013
PFC Charge Level and Time Period:
In order to provide funding to the projects designated Impose and Use or Impose only in the list above, the PFC collection rate will continue to be at a $4.50 level with an anticipated charge effective date of May 1, 2018. The estimated total of new PFC revenue collection requirement for our new submittal is based on this information; the charge expiration date of this notice of intent is estimated to be October 1, 2018.
Exemption from the collection of PFC:
The Broome County Department of Aviation maintains that Nonscheduled/ On-Demand Air Carries filing form 1800-31 should be exempt from collection of a PFC since the cost of collection outweighs the revenue derived from the carries who collectively enplane less than 1.0% of the total passengers flying from BGM each year.
The following shows the percentage enplaned by air taxi operators compared to scheduled enplanements at Greater Binghamton Airport in 2012 according to FAA 1800-31:
Carrier                                                             Non Scheduled Enplanements
Blue Bell Air LLC                                                          2
Reliant Air Charter, Inc.                                                3
Seneca Flight Operations                                              6
ATCO Total:                                                               11
Scheduled Enplanement                                                         105,494
Percentage of unscheduled enplanements VS scheduled enplanements:
                                    11/105,494 = 0.01%
Comments or Questions:
Please direct all comments and questions regarding this Notice of Intent to the following:
Carl R. Beardsley, Jr.
Commissioner of Aviation
Broome County Department of Aviation
Greater Binghamton Airport
2534 Airport Road, Box 16
Johnson City, NY 13790

Posted: 11/21/2013 8:36 am