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Public Notice for PFC Application

Notice Date: May 3, 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 $9,744,557 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
North Apron Rehabilitation Phase 2 Design (Impose and Use) $11,875
North Apron Rehabilitation Phase 2 Construction (Impose Only) $125,000
Airport Security Improvements Design (Impose and Use) $75,000
Airport Security Improvements Construction (Impose Only) $38,750
Airport Safety Management System Development (Impose and Use) $32,000
Airport Environmental Assessment (Impose and Use) $ 160,000
Hazardous Wildlife Study (Impose and Use) $ 75,000
Total: $ 517,625

Project Descriptions and Justification:

1. North Apron Rehabilitation Phase 2 Design (Impose and Use)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

This project consists of the design work associated with the rehabilitation of the pavement found on the aircraft apron serving as the primary aircraft de-icing facility. It will include evaluating environmental status, surveying, the design of the scope of the project and the development of bid specifications.

PROJECT JUSTIFICATION:

To maintain a safe Airport Operations Area at Greater Binghamton Airport, pavement that is in decline must be rehabilitated. A newly paved surface will reduce FOD, improve taxi times and generally improve aircraft safety. As preventive maintenance is no longer financially plausible, alternate options must be explored.

This project’s costs are scheduled to be paid as follows:
90% -Federal Grant/ 5% State Share/ 5% PFC Funding

Project Start: June 2013 — Project End: May 2014

2. North Apron Rehabilitation Phase 2 Construction (Impose Only)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

This project will include construction work associated with the rehabilitation of the pavement found on the aircraft apron serving as the primary aircraft de-icing facility. It will include milling of existing asphalt, full depth repair of problem areas, placement of sub-base and top coat paving. Pavement markings and lighting will also be addressed.

PROJECT JUSTIFICATION:

To maintain a safe Airport Operations Area at Greater Binghamton Airport, pavement that is in decline must be rehabilitated. A newly paved surface will reduce FOD, improve taxi times and generally improve aircraft safety. As preventive maintenance is no longer financially plausible, alternate options must be explored.

This project’s costs are scheduled to be paid as follows:
90% -Federal Grant/ 5% State Share/ 5% PFC Funding

Project Start: May 2014 — Project End: Dec 2014

3. Airport Security Improvements Design (Impose and Use)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Work will include engineering reviews and architectural design that will be used to develop the scope of work and bid documents required for a project intended to improve control and monitoring of access points to the airport secure areas. This project will consist of modifications to the airport’s infrastructures and the replacement of outdated security hardware, software and ancillary equipment.

PROJECT JUSTIFICATION:

The current airport security system and associated infrastructure is over 12 years old. Hardware and software and used to monitor access points are outdated and technical support is no longer available. Access points such as man doors and security doors within the baggage delivery system that have become worn and unreliable will also be replaced. Additionally, two corporate hangars that have access to the airport security identification area that currently are not monitored by our access system will be added to ensure compliance with TSA 1542.

This project’s costs are scheduled to be paid as follows:
100% PFC Funding
Project Start: May 2013 — Project End: Dec 2013

4. Airport Security Improvements Construction (Impose Only)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

This project will consist of modifications to the airport’s infrastructures and the replacement of outdated security hardware, software and ancillary equipment. Additional access points will be added to the monitoring and access control system to increase the airport’s ability to maintain a high level of security. Existing access points that have become worn out and unreliable will be replaced to ensure security is maintained.

PROJECT JUSTIFICATION:

The current airport security system and associated infrastructure is over 12 years old. Hardware and software and used to monitor access points are outdated and technical support is no longer available. Access points such as man doors and security doors within the baggage delivery system that have become worn and unreliable will also be replaced. Additionally, two corporate hangars that have access to the airport security identification area that currently are not monitored by our access system will be added to ensure compliance with TSA 1542.

This project’s costs are scheduled to be paid as follows:

90% -Federal Grant/ 5% State Share/ 5% PFC Funding

Project Start: May 2014 — Project End: Dec 2014

5. Airport Safety Management System Development (Impose and Use)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The intent of the Safety Management System (SMS) Development is to conduct an inventory and evaluation of current airport and tenant procedures, processes, and programs for future alignment with the four components of an SMS. This includes Safety Policy, Safety Risk Assessment, Safety Assurance, and Safety Promotion. A Gap Analysis will also identify current safety aspects at the Airport; compare the existing practices and programs to those required in an SMS.

The SMS Implementation Plan will build upon the findings of the Gap Analysis by addressing implementation and integration of the four SMS Components. The SMS implementation plan will document the steps required to implement the SMS, including a schedule, staff requirements, and estimated costs. The SMS Implementation Plan will be the foundation for the SMS Manual and associated draft processes and procedures implemented at the airport to meet FAA SMS requirements.

PROJECT JUSTIFICATION:

The goal of this project will be to enhance safety and efficiency at Greater Binghamton Airport. Once the SMS gap analysis is completed and the SMS implementation plan is installed, safety concerns will be at a minimum creating a safer and more economical facility for airlines to operate.

This project’s costs are scheduled to be paid as follows:
100% PFC Funding
Project Start: January 2013 — Project End: December 2013

6. Airport Environmental Assessment (Impose and Use)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The proposed project would include preparation of conceptual level site planning and design for each of the 6 potential development sites. A general site layout consistent with current zoning regulations and limits of disturbance will be established for each of the sites. Up to three sites will be selected as preferred alternatives for future development.

A Short Environmental Assessment (EA) will be prepared for development of 1-3 sites, depending on the outcome of the conceptual site layouts. The EA will be conducted in accordance with FAA Orders 1050.1E and 5050.4B. The EA will include field delineation of wetlands within the six development sites. The wetlands will be delineated in accordance with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requirements and a formal Jurisdictional Determination will be requested.

PROJECT JUSTIFICATION:

To provide a sound economic environment where cost is low and potential high, Greater Binghamton Airport must cultivate and enhance all available resources. By developing landside locations, Greater Binghamton Airport will increase financial security thus enabling us to lower airline costs. Development of these sites is regionally significant for their economic development potential and is a key goal of the sponsor as a source of added airport revenue and activity.

This project’s costs are scheduled to be paid as follows:
100% PFC Funding
Project Start: May 2013 Project End: December 2013

7. Hazardous Wildlife Study

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

In accordance to our Airport Certification Manual and 14 CFR 139.337, Greater Binghamton Airport is required to conduct a wildlife hazard assessment (WHA) when specific events occur on or near an airport. The wildlife hazard assessment must be conducted by a professionally trained wildlife management biologist. Recently, the airport conducted our annual FAA inspection. During that inspection, it was recommended that Greater Binghamton Airport conduct a hazardous wildlife study.

PROJECT JUSTIFICATION:

In accordance with FAR part 139, Greater Binghamton Airport recognizes the threat wildlife pose to aircraft operations and takes measures to minimize this threat. The purpose of this project is to reduce or eliminate wildlife hazards at Greater Binghamton Airport. Once the hazardous wildlife study is completed, the airport will have the knowledge and ability to provide a safer and more economic environment.

This project’s costs are scheduled to be paid as follows:
100% PFC Funding
Project Start: June 2013 Project End: October 2014

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, 2017. The estimated total of new PFC revenue collection requirement for our new submittal is $517,625. 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 2011 according to FAA 1800-31:

Carrier Non Scheduled Enplanements
Executive Flight, Inc. 2
Charter Air Transport, Inc. 24
Miami Air International, Inc. 37
USA Jet Airlines 129
Chartright Air Inc. 5
ATCO Total: 197
Scheduled Enplanement 108,172

Percentage of unscheduled enplanements VS scheduled enplanements:

197/108,172 = 0.18%

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: 5/6/2013 1:02 pm