You may have noticed construction activities on the airfield recently. Our existing airfield wiring and signs have been in place since the early 90’s and have come to the end of their useful life. MAF is currently undertaking a project to replace these items.
Complete Airfield Re-Wiring
All underground wiring for the signs and lights on the airfield will be removed and replaced. This wiring powers approximately one thousand (1000) airfield lights and approximately two-hundred fifty (250) airfield signs. Added up, the wiring is 250,000 linear feet or approximately forty-seven (47) miles long.
All new square LED signs
This project will also replace approximately 250 airfield signs including direction, guidance, mandatory, and distance remaining signs. Signs are also being upgraded to LED to improve reliability, energy efficiency, and reduce down time for repairs.
All new light transformers
This project will also replace the transformers for approximately one-thousand (1000) airfield lights.
Project Airfield Closures:
Due to the nature of the project, all surfaces will be closed at some point. We have arranged with our contractor to close smaller portions of the airfield for a week at a time versus large areas for months at a time. At the end of the work week they will remove all work materials and equipment so we may re-open the surfaces for a week while they acquire material for the next section. Some sections may be closed more than once due to part availability and weather conditions.
NOTAMs will be issued as soon as possible once we have coordinated a work area with the contractor and Midland ATC. Due to the airfield layout, some work will only require a portion of a runway. In these situations, the remaining portion of the runway may be available for taxi. If any portion of a closed runway is available for taxi, it will be stated in the NOTAM. Overnight airport closures are expected and those will be coordinated to reduce impact to the greatest extent possible. Please be sure and check NOTAMs before flying out of or into MAF.
Will you have to close every surface, intersection, etc…?
(Yes. All surfaces will be closed at some point during the project. Intersections such as 10/28 and 16R/34L will be done at night to minimize the impact on air traffic.)
Can I taxi on a closed surface if I don’t see anyone working on it?
(No. The surface is closed to all aircraft operations. In addition to barricades, the surface may have tools, open holes, or even live wires that can cause damage to an aircraft or personnel. Most cases we are only closing half a surface that is on one electrical circuit and to allow the remainder of the lights to work we have to place LIVE electrical lines across the closed portions of taxiways behind the barricades.)
Will there be any displaced or relocated thresholds during the project?
(No. Due to the short nature of the closures and the costly work involved in moving thresholds we will not be displacing or relocating any thresholds.)
Do you monitor the weather and try to adjust for approach preference and environmental conditions?
(Yes, in conjunction with the Air Traffic Control Tower and the NWS we look ahead and try to have runways closed that would be a secondary surface for the weather conditions.)
American was up 13.7% over August of 2012
Southwest was down 9.2% over August of 2012
United was up 8.5% over August of 2012
We had 116 more commercial landings in August 2013 vs. August 2012
New Parking Lot
The contractor is currently working on the sub-pavement grading. After this has been completed base material will be applied to bring the lot to grade. Then paving will commence. The project from beginning to end should take 120 days.
We will be replacing the lighting systems, rehabilitating the runway surfaces, and addressing some drainage issues. The bids were opened and a contractor was selected. TxDOT is currently reviewing the bids and we expect to have a green light from TxDOT very soon. A pre-construction meeting should be taking place in the next 30 days.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Permian Basin Regional Airport Board
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 10:30 a.m.
July 2013 vs. July 2012
American Eagle up 24.6%
Southwest down 12.9%
United up 9.3%
Overall down 1.8%
Overall up 2.5%
We have submitted our application along with all the supplements. We are currently awaiting a response from the FAA.
New Parking Lot
Our new Covered Parking Lot will contain approximately 200 spaces. The covering will be similar to what is pictured below. The color of the fabric and structure has not been selected as of this time. Jones Brothers of Odessa won the bid for the construction.
Next Airport Board Meeting
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
The contractor has reworked the schedule to reduce the runway closures. While the project will begin on April 29th, runway closures are estimated to begin 3 weeks later. Runway 10/28 will remain on a nightly closure schedule and runway 4/22 will be closed for the entire week runway closures are estimated to last. If you have questions please call Airport OPS.
Next Phase of Reconstruction
Phase 2 will be completed by the 25th of March and the contractor will immediately move to Phase 3 on the 25th. This phase is projected to take 60 days without difficulties or weather delays. Please contact Avion regarding any aircraft movement and/or storage. The XCOR Hangar is not available for use.
Executive Hangar Phase 2 area 1 is complete. Hangars A-D are accessible by aircraft. We haven’t received a start date on the next section.
Both projects are progressing, but due to the rain we are not being given completion dates. As soon as the contractors and engineers have any information on completion we will pass it on. Thank you for your patience.
Jones Brothers has advised us they plan on paving on Saturday (1/5) and Sunday (1/6) in that area.