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The airport master plan is expected to kick-off in the early fall of 2019 and take 18 to 24 months to complete. Community members will have numerous opportunities for involvement, including a community wide open house that will kick off the process. Heber City will proactively promote the public input opportunities. Please feel free to contact Airport Manager Travis Biggs at TBiggs@HeberUt.gov to have your name placed on an email list to be notified of opportunities to participate in the master plan process.
The Heber Valley Airport serves many vital needs of the Heber community, including:
Understanding the scope of services available at Heber Valley Airport helps to explain its critical role in travel, transportation, and infrastructure. The Heber Valley Airport also offers facilities for pilots, refueling, and refreshing. Other services include offering conference rooms, flight crew quarters, and aircraft mechanic services.
The FAA requires general aviation (GA) airports meet design criteria for the operational and physical characteristics of the airplane types that operate at the airport. When a specific airplane type conducts at least 500 annual operations at the airport, the airport is strongly encouraged to assess the design criteria needs of that aircraft. Design criteria generally refers to runway length, runway width, and taxiway width. As larger aircraft use the airport there is greater need to ensure design criteria is sufficient to meet the needs of the larger aircraft operating at the airport.
Heber Valley Airport has experienced a greater number of operational flights by small jets. This has triggered the question of whether design criteria improvements are now necessary.
Because the City has accepted FAA funding, the City makes covenants to operate the airport in a non-discrematory manner. In the same way the City cannot restrict the general public from driving on public roads, the City cannot restrict the number or type of aircraft using the airport.
There are many factors pilots must consider before finalizing their fight plan, that is to say what airport they will fly into and out of. Some of the key factors considered by pilots include, runway length, runway width, surrounding terrain, and whether an airport has an instrument landing system (ILS).
The design criteria changes being considered at the airport, to improve airport safety, include widening the runway from 75 feet to 100 feet and widening the taxiway. Even with these changes, larger aircraft would likely not use Heber Valley Airport. First, the airport does not have an instrument landing system, which is required for passenger service; second, with Provo Airport and Salt Lake International is less both less than 45 minutes away. Essentially, there is little financial justification for passenger service in Heber. Additionally, larger aircraft would prefer a longer runway then the 7,000 foot runway that exists today.
In 2004, FAA issued a final rule that revised the Federal airport certification regulation [Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 139 (14 CFR Part 139] and established certification requirements for airports serving scheduled air carrier operations in aircraft designed for more than 9 passenger seats but ...Jun 6, 201
The Master Plan.