Over the past 10 years, the Cheyenne County Municipal Airport has received 12 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants. Olsson has provided administration assistance and guidance for each of these grants, helping the airport and county to comply with FAA’s vast requirements. This service continues between and beyond projects as we see ourselves as a partner in the airport’s development.
This airport had been constructed primarily with limited local funds, which resulted in many unmet needs. The airport authority needed specialists in a broad range of categories, and Olsson Associates has easily fulfilled its requirements.
In 2004, the airport board selected Olsson to prepare a new airport layout plan (ALP) as the first step in qualifying for FAA construction grant funds.
An environmental assessment was submitted in 2006 as a second step in the FAA grant process for runway improvements. Following a public hearing, the FAA issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) in March 2007. In the meantime, Olsson assisted the airport with applying for an FAA grant to construct an aircraft parking apron, which was constructed in 2006.
In 2007, Olsson assisted with land acquisition, including survey and subcontracting of appraisal and relocation services. Upon completing a portion of the easement and land acquisition, the airport received an FAA grant in 2008 to begin design of the runway improvements.
In 2009, Runway 14/32 was reconstructed, widened, and lighted. Olsson’s design included an aeronautical survey for the instrument approach procedures, geotechnical investigation, and a life-cycle analysis of three paving options. New base-mounted runway lights with cable in conduit were installed upon completing the paving.
In 2010 and 2011, Olsson designed a 2,062-foot runway extension, including over 100,000 cubic yards of excavation. Bids were opened in April 2011 and were 18 percent lower than estimated. Due to FAA delays, construction did not start until late fall, but it was completed on time in June 2012.
In 2012, Olsson prepared Height and Hazard Zoning Regulations to protect the airport approaches from tall structures. Olsson worked with the county board and assisted with public meetings to get consensus from all parties.
In 2015, reconstruction of the taxiways and hangar taxilanes began. Olsson continues to provide design, bidding, and construction phase services for this project.