PAUA Board Meeting Minutes February 20, 2018


PAUA Board Meeting Minutes

February 20, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 4:00 PM by PAUA Vice President Currie Lee. Ted Wickstrom was out due to some corrective eye surgery. The minutes from the previous meeting were approved as they appear on the website. Daryl Austermiller provided the Treasurer report. Current bank balance is $3,692.73 and we have 182 members. Currie said the website was operating normally but very few members appear to be reviewing the minutes on line. Brian Roggow provided the ERAU Report. ERAU will host the FAA Pilot/Controller foreman at the Davis Learning Center on March 3rd at 10:00 AM. Attendance will also count towards the FAA Wings program. Prescott Tower Representative Geoff Kusel was not available provided the Tower Report. Assistant Airport Manager Jessie Baker introduced the new Airport Director Dr. Robin Sobotta. Robin comes to us with an amazing depth of knowledge and experience. To our good fortune she will be on an 18 month sabbatical from her Chair position at ERAU. The City hopes to gain as much as they can from her wide experience during that relatively short period. In the past she has already been involved in a wide range of Prescott Airport planning but her first project as Airport Director will be a study of Essential Air Service for Prescott. To that end she and her team have been conducting a very detailed survey not just identifying where passengers want to fly but also where they are willing to commute from in order to fly. In the near future she will be attending an Essential Air Service symposium where she will present her findings to a number of Air-carriers that have expressed interest in this market. Jessie Baker next introduced the new Airport Operations Maintenance Supervisor, Doug Whitney. Doug first covered a local restore and repair project for taxiway Delta and Foxtrot with about $100,000 of Airport funds. It will be done in two phases. The first will be from March 12th to the 16th to be completed by May 1st. Phase two will be done from May 7th to June 5th and that will be from Delta 1 to taxiway Foxtrot. The big airport project will not start until sometime after October 8th. That’s the one involving airport traffic hot spot mitigation. Charlie 2 taxiway will be removed, all new LED signage on taxiway Charlie. While Charlie will remain open during the project be aware of NOTAMs for Men and Equipment along the taxiway. Also, runway 12 and 30 will be closed for about 3 days during the project. This is a 6.1 million dollar project under FAA/ADOT funding of which the Airport pays 2 ½%. Not an easy deal to pass up. The program for the night was a video called “HOW TO MAKE A BAD DECISION”. It highlighted how a missed weather forecast can catch pilots off guard. Under both old and new business a topic from the January meeting was revisited. That was PAUA getting involved in helping to fund some type of aviation education or safety event. To that end, Brian Roggow who is a PAUA Board member, our ERAU contact and is also our FAASTeam guy, took on the duty of pursuing that goal. He’s been in contact with FAASTeam member Fred Gibbs of the Arizona Pilots Association. Fred is going to help us with the safety program and we’ll be working on a location and other services that we may be providing. We’ll have more on this at the March meeting, if not sooner. The meeting was adjourned at 5:05 PM and the next meeting will be March 20th at 4:00 PM


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