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.)
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.
Executive Hangars A-D
We have been told by Jones Brothers they are progressing on schedule for this area.
Taxilane ‘T’, French Ramp, T Hangars near the fire station
The current work areas have almost been completed. The asphalt is scheduled to be completed this week and the next phase shown below will begin immediately after the current phase has been completed.
The PAPIs have been completed on the 10 end. Monday the 13th at 0700L the project will transition to the 28 end requiring the closure of RWY 16L/34R. The entire PAPI system is scheduled to be flight checked on September 10th. If they are completed and the flight check aircraft passes and certifies the PAPIs we expect to open the runways shortly after that flight check.
Up 2.8% over May of 2011. For the year we are up 3.5%.
Fuel Sales are down in all sectors other than Airline/Cargo customers.
We are month over month over the nine year average.
Rehabilitate Taxiway Systems
Painting still needs to be completed on TWYs A, B, M, P, W. A hold short marking is missing on TWY W prohibiting us from opening RWY 16L/34R. Winds have prevented the painting contractor from actually laying out the markings.
Executive Apron Reconstruction
Phase 2 will have hot mix applied in about 2 weeks and should be completed by the next meeting.
The next major project in the executive hangar area that will be done is the reconstruction of all the ramp areas near the hangars west of the current work. It will be broken down into phases so only a few hangars are displaced at a time.
Old East Hangar
The building has been taken down and the final debris removal is being finished.
2012 Disaster Exercise (DisEx)
The disaster exercise went very well. We had all the local law enforcement and mutual aid responders show up. the local area hospitals also participated to earn mass casualty credit.
Visit our Flickr page to see photos of the day.
Parking Lot Addition
A feasibility study has been done on a vacant lot west of the existing parking lots with three phases. Whether or not it is covered is an additional cost consideration that needs to be discussed. Initial estimates show the cost to construct the lot will double if the lot is covered. A construction proposal will be drafted to submit to the board at the next meeting.
Southwest Airlines Flight Schedule
Starting in November 2012 Southwest will add an extra Houston and Las Vegas flight. As a result of those additions we will lose a Dallas flight. A net gain and a positive sign that Southwest believes in Midland’s passenger base. We hope to see a new 737-800 on some of those flights.