NOTICE OF

OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT RELATED TO

 PASSENGER FACILITY CHARGES

 The City of Abilene, Texas is providing an opportunity for public comment until March 28, 2014 related to our proposed update to our new Impose and Use Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Application #3 for the Abilene Regional Airport. This written notice is provided in accordance with requirements contained in Federal Aviation Regulation 49 CFR Part 158.24 Passenger Facility Charge.

The City plans to continue the maximum PFC allowable of $4.50 per enplaned passenger. We anticipate collection to begin when the previous application is fully collected currently estimated to be July 1, 2014. The total amount of revenue to be collected under this application is $3,425,497. The PFC expiration date for the eleven projects described below is estimated to be April 1, 2024. Future PFC projects will likely extend the expiration date.

1.      Rehabilitate Air Carrier Ramp

This project consists of the design and construction of a certain portions of the air carrier ramp at the Abilene Regional Airport.  The project specifically includes areas B, C, D and E of the air carrier ramp.  The air carrier ramp is being reconstructed to meet ARC C-IV design standards.  The project will demolish and remove failed pavement of a non-standard design, replace it with new PCC pavement, and provide for associated drainage and markings.   All improvements were designed in conformance with applicable advisory circulars. The start date for this project was June 2007 and it was completed in June 2013.  The total cost of this project is $11,734,122.  The FAA provided funding under AIP federal grants #32 ($2,684,629), #34 ($308,399), #35 ($2,412,646), #37 ($2,616,742), and #39 ($3,125,000) totaling $11,147,416 for this project.  PFCs are anticipated to provide the local match of $586,706.

2.      Rehabilitate Runway 17L/35R Lighting                 

This project consists of the replacement of the existing lighting system which has exceeded its design life and is partially direct-bury cable.  The new system will be a light base can and conduit system and will replace stake-mounted distance-to-go signs with foundation mounted base can in conduit system.  Also, mandatory signs will be replaced and connected to the runway circuit.  All improvements were designed in conformance with applicable advisory circulars. The start date for this project was June 2007 and it was completed in August 2009.  The total cost of this project is $597,491.  The FAA provided funding under AIP federal grant #33 totaling $567,616 for this project.  PFCs are anticipated to provide the local match of $29,875.

3.      Improve Terminal Building

This project consists of the expansion of the ticket counter lobby to relieve congestion and improve passenger circulation, expand and cover passenger loading/unloading curb area for passenger safety, install escalators ad revolving automatic entrances to improve passenger access and traffic flow from the parking lot to the ticketing area and to improve passenger circulation through the building by eliminating conflicts between arriving passengers exiting the terminal and departing passengers entering the terminal.  All improvements were designed in conformance with applicable advisory circulars. The start date for this project was May 2008 and it was completed in August 2009.  The total cost of this project is $657,262.  The FAA provided funding under AIP federal grants #34 ($432,276) and #36 ($192,123) totaling $624,399 for this project.  PFCs are anticipated to provide the local match of $32,863.        

4.      Rehabilitate Taxilane                      

This project consists of the design and construction of certain areas of the taxilane system at the Abilene Regional Airport.  The project specifically includes areas A, B & C.  This project reconstructs the taxilane system serving the T-Hangar area by replacing failed pavement, improving drainage and installing high-mast lighting for enhanced safety during night time operations.  All improvements were designed in conformance with applicable advisory circulars. The start date for this project was May 2008 and it was completed in June 2013.  The total cost of this project is $4,776,248.  The FAA provided funding under of AIP federal grants #34 ($147,943), #35 ($1,500,000), #37 ($1,639,493), and #39 ($1,250,000) totaling $4,537,436 for this project.  PFCs are anticipated to provide the local match of $238,812.

5.      Acquire 1500 gallon ARFF Vehicle

 This project consists of acquisition a 1500 gallon Airport Rescue Fire Fighting Vehicle as replacement for a 12 year old maintenance intensive ARFF vehicle that does not meet index requirement for the airport.  The replacement vehicle meets requirements for an index B airport.  The start date for this project was March 2010 and it was completed in June 2013.  The total cost of this project is $681,088.  The FAA provided funding under AIP federal grant #39 totaling $647,034 for this project.  PFCs are anticipated to provide the local match of $34,054.

 6.      Conduct Wildlife Hazard Assessment and Wildlife Hazard Management Plan

The Airport Wildlife Hazard Assessment regulation (14 CFR 139.337) requires the City, as the holder of an Airport Operating Certificate, to conduct a Wildlife Hazard Assessment (WHA).  The FAA reviews all WHAs to determine if the certificate holder must develop and implement a Wildlife Hazard Management Plan (WHMP) designated to mitigate wildlife hazards to aviation on or near the airport.  These regulations also require airport personnel implementing an FAA- approved WHMP to receive training conducted by a qualified wildlife damage management biologist.  The start date for this project was March 2010 and it was completed in August 2013.  The total cost of this project is $152,437.  The FAA provided funding under AIP federal grants #39 ($125,000) and #42 ($18,772) totaling $143,772 for this project.  PFCs are anticipated to provide the local match of $8,665.

7.   Rehabilitate Taxiways C, C1, C2, C3, C4 and EASI

This project consists of the design and construction for certain taxiways at the Abilene Regional Airport.  The project specifically includes Taxiways C, C1, C2, C3, C4 and EASI.  This project includes the taxiway reconstruction, pavement replacement and lighting system replacement.  The existing asphalt will be milled at 3” and overlaid with new P401 asphalt.  The project will expand radius’s to meet ARC C-IV design standards.  The project also includes the replacement of lighting and signage.  All improvements were designed in conformance with applicable advisory circulars. The start date for this project was September 2010 and it was completed in August 2013.  The total cost of this project is $14,547,117.  The FAA provided funding under AIP federal grants #40 ($448,052), #41 ($6,350,526) and #42 ($6,317,409) totaling $13,115,987 for this project.  PFCs are anticipated to provide the local match of $1,431,130.

8.   Rehabilitate Airport Beacon

This project consists of the design and construction for the installation of new lighting control system for Control Tower project.  A replacement beacon will be installed at a separate location from its new Control Tower.  All improvements were designed in conformance with applicable advisory circulars. The start date for this project was September 2010 and it was completed in June 2013.  The total cost of this project is $790,059.  The FAA provided funding under AIP federal grant #40 totaling $750,556 for this project.  PFCs are anticipated to provide the local match of $39,503.

9.   Rehabilitate Taxiways M, N & P

  This project consists of the design and construction of taxiways M, N & P at the Abilene Regional Airport.  This project includes the taxiway reconstruction, pavement replacement and lighting system replacement.  The existing asphalt will be milled at 3” and overlaid with new P401 asphalt.  The project will expand radius’s to meet ARC C-IV design standards.  The project also includes the replacement of lighting and signage.  All improvements were designed in conformance with applicable advisory circulars. The start date for this project was September 2011 and it will be completed in December 2014.  The total cost of this project is estimated to be $9,233,332.  The FAA provided funding under AIP federal grants #41 ($212,441) and #43 ($8,097,558) totaling $8,309,999 for this project.  PFCs are anticipated to provide the local match of $923,333.

10.    Runway 17L/35R Rehabilitation, Design

 This project consists of design of the rehabilitation of Runway 17L/35R.  The design will include the reconstruction of the pavement, expansion of radius to meet ARC C-IV design standards, and modification of the lighting system.  It will be designed in conformance with applicable advisory circulars. The start date for this project was September 2013 and it will be completed in December 2014.  The total cost of this project is estimated to be $555,556.  The FAA has provided funding under AIP federal grant #43 totaling $500,000 for design in 2013.  PFCs are anticipated to provide the local match of $55,556.

11.    PFC Administration Costs

 PFC-eligible general formation costs included in this PFC project are the necessary expenditures to prepare the new PFC application, develop and implement the capital plan and the related financial plan.  Also included are eligible ongoing administrative costs for this PFC application.  Development associated with the approved projects in this application will preserve and enhance safety, competition, security and capacity at the Airport.  The total cost of this project is $45,000.  PFCs are anticipated to provide 100% funding for this project.  This project started in January 2014 and will be complete in April 2024.

Comments or a request for more detailed project descriptions should be sent to Don Green, Director of Aviation, City of Abilene, 2933 Airport Blvd, Suite 200, Abilene, Texas, 79602.

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