Due to runway incursion incidents that have occurred nationwide, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working to fulfill a congressional mandate (Public Law No. 109-115) that all Runway Safety Areas (RSA) at Commercial Service Airports – such as the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS) – be brought into compliance with FAA standards by 2015.
The project at the Charles M. Schulz- Sonoma County Airport will bring the Airport into compliance with FAA standards and will enhance operational safety through the following facility improvements:
DECOUPLING RUNWAY END POINTS
To ensure that the runway ends do not terminate at the same point (a critical FAA safety issue), the Airport’s main instrument runway (Runway 14-32) will be extended 885 feet to the northwest for a total length of 6,000 feet and the crosswind runway (Runway 1-19) will be extended 200 feet to the northeast for a total length of 5,202 feet.
CORRESPONDING TAXIWAY IMPROVEMENTS
The parallel taxiway serving Runway 14-32 will be extended to the new runway end and a new partial parallel taxiway constructed to serve Runway 1-19. Airfield signage and marking will be modified to meet current FAA standards and taxiways designations will be revised and updated.
MOVE FAA INSTRUMENTATION OUTSIDE RSA
The FAA’s instrument approach antenna array (localizer) at the departure end of Runway 32 will be relocated northwesterly to a position outside of the critical runway safety area. This action will enhance runway safety by bringing the antenna array into compliance with FAA runway safety area standards.
IMPROVE RUNWAY 1-19
Runway 1-19 will be lighted and improved to enable its use during periods when the Airport’s primary Runway 14-32 is closed for construction and maintenance, or during high crosswind conditions. In addition due to changes in magnetic variation, the numbering of Runway 1-19 will change to Runway 2-20.
A concentrated effort will be made to communicate with the public and other stakeholders. The Airport website ( www.STSrunwayproject.org ) will be updated on a regular basis with project status, town hall meetings will be held, and flyers will be mailed to all interested parties.
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