March 24, 2009



PRESENT:      Bergstein, Janson, Siemer, Woodruff, Pollack


EXCUSED:    None 


OTHERS:       Approximately 20 persons in attendance


REPORTED BY:  Bradd Maki                                            


Commissioner Pollack called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. 


The minutes of the regular December 2, 2008 meeting was received and reviewed.  A misspelled name was clarified. The amended minutes were moved by Janson and supported by Siemer “to approve and file the minutes of the December 2, 2008 meeting.”   Approved (5/0).   


Maki presented an Aviation Camp Service Recognition for Dot Hornsby.  The commission expressed their appreciation for founding and organizing the program 1995.  She has provided the program for over 200 young 8-12 grade students since the program began.  Her enthusiasm for her support and volunteer efforts with the Aviation Camp and aviation activities in general were expressed with gratitude by the commission as well as many who were in attendance.  She was provided a certificate of appreciation by the Aviation Advisory Commission.


The Monthly Manager’s Report Summary for December 2008 through February 2009 was presented and reviewed by J.T. Rairigh.  Comparisons were made with the same time period the previous year.  There were 56 good flying days and 34 poor flying days for this period.  Aircraft movements were down primarily due to high snowfall totals for this period.  Rairigh indicated the training roster is increasing.  Few nearby airports offer flight training.  The airport has one plane for flight training. 


The Airport Maintenance Status Report was provided by J.T. Rairigh.  Rairigh indicated the Oshkosh snow blower and snow plow truck have been used heavily this winter season.  The blower is especially useful as it keeps snow banks away from the runway.  The snow plow truck will not be returned next year due to the purchase of new snow removal equipment in 2009.




Promotion Committee Report – Janson reported that the committee is still working on funding for the observation area.  Also, more MCTV movies will be coming out and the EAA will be holding their annual events, such as the pancake breakfasts.  Janson indicated Dot has been instrumental with the MCTV activities.  Pollack added he was involved with an MCTV spotlight on city commissions as representative of the Aviation Advisory Commission.




Fact-Finding Committee Report – Maki provided an update as the committee did not meet since the December 2008 commission meeting.  At the December commission meeting, the commission requested review of the current airport rules for aircraft maintenance to determine whether they can be revised to permit “through the fence” (TTF) operations.  It was also requested at the meeting that the City Attorney be involved with the review process.  City staff met with the City Attorney who provided comments for the committee to discuss and consider when they meet.  Comments to discuss include:


Further review and approval by the City Attorney will be required prior to submitting rules changes to the Aviation Advisory Commission for review and recommendation.


Project Updates – Maki provided an update to the AWOS installation, fuel tank project, and snow removal equipment purchase.  The AWOS installation is complete.  MDOT and the FAA inspected the site on March 24, 2009 and approved the installation.  Until the FAA issues a NOTAM within the next few weeks, the unofficial access locations are:


The current 3BS identifier will remain until the FAA completes final commissioning of the new KIKW identifier, which is scheduled for July, 2009.



Dot indicated the EAA has three pancake breakfasts scheduled with the first on May 2, 2009 from 7-11 a.m.  All three breakfasts will be scheduled to occur on Saturdays this year.


Meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.