WHPacific undertook this Master Plan Update for the fastest growing GA airport currently serving the Portland (Oregon) metro area, which is mostly accessed through-the-fence. Work on the project included a detailed runway length analysis and justification element, including a recommendation to extend the runway from 5,000 to 6,000 feet – a major runway extension. Our project tasks included an evaluation of the critical aircraft and aircraft operations forecast. Furthermore, instrument approach siting criteria was used in development of the ALP and its associated drawings. The project has also dovetailed with an air traffic control tower siting study, being conducted by the FAA, to which WHPacific has contributed critical airfield data. Additionally, a financial review and capital improvement plan was developed to assist the state in their management of the Airport.
This project had numerous issues such as a future runway extension, flight tracks over residential developments, changing the airport category from a B-II to a C-II and many incompatible land uses around the airport. Throughout this project the team received praise for our presentation style, accuracy of information and openness of the process.