PAUA Board Meeting Minutes June 19, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 4:06 PM by PAUA President Ted Wickstrom. The minutes from the previous meeting approved. Board Members present were Ted Wickstrom, Currie Lee, Brian Roggow, Terry Marshall and Mike Liversidge. Ted reported that the PAUA Website was temporarily out of service but expected to return to service within 48 hours. Daryl Austermiller was not available for the treasurer report but he did email in that our current PAUA Bank balance is $4070.13. Ted added that our membership was now up to 182 members. Brian Roggow provided the ERAU Report. In a history-making show of aviation skills, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Ariz., Campus’ Golden Eagles Flight Team captured its third straight and 12th national championship title this past week at the 2018 National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) competition in Indiana. Our Prescott Tower Representative Controller, Geoff Kusel, did not show up alone today. He was accompanied by Prescott Air Traffic Manager Richard Wayne who opened his remarks with one word, “TRAINING!”. The Tower is down to 9 Full Performance Level Controllers (FPL’s) which is considered the minimum staffing for this Tower. Shortly they will be down to 8 and that is a problem. The good news is they have a few experienced controllers in the current training pipeline but they also just got in 3 new trainees right out of the academy. It takes a long time to train an experienced controller at a new facility but a very long time to train those just out of the academy. In short expect to hear a lot of training when on the Tower frequency and don’t be surprised to hear a second voice adjusting what the first voice told you. Airport Manager Robin Sobotta brought us up to speed on the current state of the Essential Air Service Contract. All interested airlines must have their final proposals into the city no later than July 2nd. The City Council in a special session on July 3rd will make their selection. Their recommendation then goes to the FAA who is the approving authority. In most cases, they go with the City recommendation. Jessie Baker and Robin also expanded on the runway 3R-21L project as well as a number of road construction projects that would affect airport access. Doug Whitney, Airport Operations Manager expanded on the details of the runway 3R-21L project. The extended closure would run from July 30 to August 21 but the runway would be available at brief times during that 22 day period. During this construction period Runway 3L-21R will be lighted and available at night even when the Tower is closed. After the extended closure, there may be some additional closures for runway markings and signage. The Program for the night was on the Grand Canyon SFAR 50-2 but was cancelled due to the unavailability of the video equipment. Meeting was adjourned at 5:16 PM. The next meeting will be on July 17, 2018, 4:00 PM at the Prescott Airport Administration Building, 2nd floor.

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