FAA requests PSRC lead regional aviation baseline study

Executive Board to consider scope of work on Feb 22

The Federal Aviation Administration, which is funding master planning processes underway at many of the region’s airports, is requesting that the PSRC lead a new regional aviation baseline study.

The study would build on those emerging master plans and set a regional stage for future planning.  

Since 1991, the FAA has often engaged PSRC in its work regionally, most recently in 2016 to help prepare the region’s general aviation community for the introduction of NextGen – the switch from radar to satellite based air traffic control.

PSRC staff is working with the FAA to develop and finalize a scope for the Regional Aviation Baseline Study, which the Executive Board will consider on February 22. 

The proposed study would be funded by the FAA, launched later this year, and be complete by the end of 2019. 

The study is an opportunity to understand the dynamics of the region’s growing aviation activity and examine the unique role of the regional aviation system in supporting the region as a global center for aerospace manufacturing.

The study would also include a look at the economic impact of the region’s airports, and the impact of airport activities on surrounding communities.

The existing regional airport system consists of 24 public use airports and two military airfields, including Sea-Tac, Boeing Field, Paine Field, McChord Air Force Base, and Gray Army Airfield at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

The region is also home to three other general aviation reliever airports, six regional airports, two local airports, and seven general use airports.

Planning for the regional airport system is an element of the region’s Regional Transportation Plan.