Representatives from the Town of Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and Mammoth Lakes Tourism recently met with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials at the FAA Offices in Brisbane, California to collectively discuss the Town’s recent submittal of its Airport Layout Plan (ALP).
The Town has reached an important milestone in the process of updating its ALP and believed that a meeting with the FAA in person would be beneficial to the overall process. The “meet and greet” was also important because there are new faces from both the FAA and Town that are now involved in the ALP update and approval process.
The Town is seeking approval from the FAA on its plan for the airport, which includes a new terminal building to replace the building in use today; a former maintenance building that was converted to a commercial aviation terminal in 2008.
“Approval of our ALP is key to the success of our airport, which is broadly seen as a cornerstone to economic development in Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra,” said Public Works and Transportation Director Ray Jarvis. “We are operating at capacity with the terminal building we have today and need to be able to address this constraint in order to be successful in the future.”
An important component of the ALP is the Aviation Forecast, which estimates future demand for commercial air service and is significant when considering the design of a new terminal building. “The FAA is very interested in our aviation forecast and sees it as a critical piece of the airport plan,” said Jarvis. “We now have five years of historical data that we can use in our forecast to help us better understand our future terminal and capacity demands.”
As a result of the meeting, the Town expects to make some adjustments to its forecast along with minor plan revisions to facilitate the process going forward. The FAA should take about a month to complete its planning level review then forward the ALP to other FAA service lines, including Flight Standards.
It is expected that the Town will have a conditionally approved ALP this summer. Both the Town and FAA agreed that the airport’s future success lives in resolving the airport’s key constraints and in measured steps. “We now have a road map that will help us advance our airport and achieve the positive results we have been looking for,” stated Public Works and Transportation Director Ray Jarvis.
For additional information regarding the Town of Mammoth Lakes Airport Layout Plan (ALP), please see the Town’s website at http://www.ci.mammoth-lakes.ca.us/index.aspx?nid=442