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Public Notice for PFC Application (Amendment)

Public Notice for PFC Application (Amendment)

Notice Date: June 23, 2011 (Amended August 1, 201)

 

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 $ 9,302,750 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 can be used 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

 Replacement of ARFF Gear (Impose and Use) $40,000
 Snow Removal Equipment Purchase (Impose and Use) $12,383
 PFC Administration Cost (Impose and Use) $84,000
 Airport Master Plan Phase III (Impose and Use) $35,000
 West Apron Rehabilitation Design(Impose and Use) $5,000
 West Apron Rehabilitation Construction (Impose and Use) $62,500
 Purchase of Portable ADA Compliant Passenger Boarding Ramp (Impose and Use) $60,000

 

 

Project Descriptions and Justification

1. Replacement of ARFF Gear (Impose and Use)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

This project will consist of purchasing personal protective gear for BGM ARFF crew.

PROJECT JUSIFICATION:
This personal protective equipment allows Aircraft Rescue/Firefighters to approach and perform rescue operations during aircraft incidents. The current gear is outdated and it was recommended for replacement during the airport’s annual part 139 inspection conducted by the FAA.

This project’s costs are scheduled to be paid as follows:
0% -Federal Grant/ 0% State Share/ 100% PFC Funding

Project Start 10/1/2011 Project End 12/31/2011


Project Descriptions and Justification

2. Snow Removal Equipment (Impose and Use)

This project entails the replacement of a roll over plow. This vehicle will be part of the snow equipment inventory per the Airport Certification Manual. The purchase of this snow removal vehicle will serve to maintain wintertime safety at the Greater Binghamton Airport. The acquisition of this vehicle is supported under the guidelines of Advisory Circulars (AC)s 150/5200-30A and 150/5220-20 (current editions).

PROJECT JUSIFICATION:
Greater Binghamton Airport is located in the North East United States which is prone to winter storms often producing heavy snowfall. This environment creates challenges in maintaining runway safety. This purchase will replace a 1997 rollover plow that has exceeded its useful life, has become unreliable and requires excessive maintenance. Replacing this vehicle will provide a safe and protected surface for aircraft using BGM.

This project’s costs are scheduled to be paid as follows:
95% -Federal Grant/ 2.5% State Share/ 2.5% PFC Funding

Project Start 1/1/12 Project End 10/31/12

 

 

 

 


Project Descriptions and Justification

3. PFC Administration Cost (Impose and Use)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Public agencies may use PFC revenue to pay for allowable administrative support costs. Public agencies must submit these costs as a separate project in each PFC application.


PROJECT JUSIFICATION: In accordance with FAR 158, this project consists of reimbursement to the Broome County Department of Aviation for administrative costs associated with the PFC Program. Using technique for calculating this average reimbursement value approved by the Eastern Region Airports Division, the Broome County Department of Aviation has determined an annual rate. Calculation of this figure consist of using employee hours spent on deposits, quarterly reports, and audits, along with application project development.

This project’s costs are scheduled to be paid as follows:
0% -Federal Grant/ 0% State Share/ 100% PFC Funding

Project Start 7/1/2011 Project End 7/31/2016


Project Descriptions and Justification

3. Airport Master Plan Phase III (Impose and Use)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This project will develop a written plan to define long and short term strategic goals for the airport. The project will establish airport priorities and develop milestones for measuring and achieving these goals. The Airport Strategic Plan will focus on issues such as Financial Self-Sustainability, Maximizing Airport Utilization, Customer Service, Public Relations, Tenant Relations, Airport Security, “Green” Alternatives and Project Development & Programming as well as other key aspects shaping the successful future of our airport.

PROJECT JUSIFICATION: Once implemented the Airport Strategic Plan will improve the overall security, safety, financial viability and efficiency of the airport. By following the plan the airport will create a more streamlined operation leading to stronger opportunities and increased viability.

This project’s costs are scheduled to be paid as follows:
0% -Federal Grant/ 0% State Share/ 100% PFC Funding

Project Start 10/1/2011 Project End 9/30/2012

 

 


Project Descriptions and Justification

6. West Apron Rehabilitation Design (Impose and Use)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The airport’s pavement management reporting system recommended rehabilitation of the West Apron. The effects of use and the elements have caused deterioration of the pavement. The apron rehabilitation will include an asphalt overlay, drainage improvements, seal coating and new paint markings. This project will consist of the design phase.

PROJECT JUSIFICATION: The West Apron Rehabilitation (Design) meets PFC funding criteria, by enhancing safety at Binghamton Regional Airport. New pavement will provide a safer and more reliable surface for parking aircraft. The current West apron is under distress do to the elements and usage over the years. Areas of cracking break up and plant growth are just some of the examples of deterioration.

This project’s costs are scheduled to be paid as follows:
95% -Federal Grant/ 2.5% State Share/ 2.5% PFC Funding

Project Start 1/1/12 Project End4/30/2012


Project Descriptions and Justification

7. West Apron Rehabilitation Construction (Impose and Use)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The airport’s pavement management reporting system recommended rehabilitation of the West Apron. The effects of use and the elements have caused deterioration of the pavement. The apron rehabilitation will include an asphalt overlay, drainage improvements, seal coating and new paint markings. This project will consist of the construction phase.


PROJECT JUSIFICATION: The West Apron Rehabilitation (Design) meets PFC funding criteria, by enhancing safety at Binghamton Regional Airport. New pavement will provide a safer and more reliable surface for parking aircraft. The current West apron is under distress do to the elements and usage over the years. Areas of cracking, break up and plant growth are just some of the examples of deterioration.


This project’s costs are scheduled to be paid as follows:
95% -Federal Grant/ 2.5% State Share/ 2.5% PFC Funding

Project Start 5/1/12 Project End 11/30/2012

 

 

 

Project Descriptions and Justification

8. Purchase of Portable ADA Compliant Passenger Boarding Ramp (Impose and Use)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This project will include the purchase of a portable aircraft passenger boarding ramp that is compliant with the Americans with Disability Act requirements.

PROJECT JUSIFICATION: Handling mobility impaired passengers with dignity and in an efficient manor is not only required, it is the right thing to do. The purchase of this portable boarding ramp will allow airlines at BGM to serve all passengers quickly and professionally at any time. This portable boarding ramp will also be valuable to all passengers whenever boarding bridges are unavailable due to multiple simultaneous operations, diversions, or boarding bridge maintenance.

This project’s costs are scheduled to be paid as follows:
0% -Federal Grant/ 0% State Share/ 100% PFC Funding

Project Start 10/1/2011 Project End 12/31/2011

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 June 1, 2015. The estimated total of new PFC revenue collection requirement for our new submittal is $298,884. Based on this information, the charge expiration date of this notice of intent is estimated to be February 15, 2016.

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 of passengers enplaned by air taxi operators compared to scheduled enplanements at Greater Binghamton Airport in 2009 according to FAA Form 1800-31:

Carrier Non Scheduled Enplanements

Air Charter Services, Inc. (BBE) 8
Blue Bell Air LLC (N22A) 13
Jet Solutions 6

ATCO Total: 27

Scheduled Enplanement 98,090
Percentage of unscheduled enplanements VS scheduled enplanements: 27/ 98,090 = 0.028%


Comments or Questions

Please direct all comments and questions regarding this 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: 8/9/2011 9:03 am