Can we prevent larger planes from utilizing the Heber Valley Airport?

No. Every airport is designed for maximum size and speed of aircraft.  If an aircraft can safely use the airport, federal law prohibits the City from preventing that aircraft from using the airport.  If an aircraft is too large to safely operate, that is the FAA’s and the pilot’s responsibility, not the City’s obligation, to know that it would be unsafe to operate at the airport.  Of course, if a large aircraft were land anyway, and were to damage our facility because of weight or speed, the owners of that aircraft would be held responsible. One of the reasons that the FAA has asked the City to undertake the Master Plan is that the FAA data shows that somewhat larger aircraft would use this airport if it were safe to do so.  The Master Plan process is designed to help the City make a decision whether to update the safety standards for those larger planes.

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1. What is an Airport Master Plan and why do we need one?
2. What is the process for the Airport Master Plan update?
3. What are Grant Assurances, and why do we have to abide by them?
4. If the City makes design criteria improvements at the airport, what prevents even larger aircraft, like passenger jets (commercial air service) form using the airport?
5. I heard that the airport is only used by people who live in Park City. What value does the airport provide the Heber community?
6. Can the City limit the number and type of aircraft using Heber Valley Airport?
7. Can we prevent larger planes from utilizing the Heber Valley Airport?
8. Can we just close the Heber Valley Airport?
9. Can we self-fund the Heber Valley Airport?
10. Can other counties help pay for the Heber Valley Airport?
11. I want to be involved. How can I provide feedback on the plan? How can I participate?