Runway Reconstruction Project

Runway Project Pic

The Augusta Municipal Airport (AMA) is currently in the construction phase of an extensive runway reconstruction project necessitated by several factors including current runway pavement condition, obstructions to the north, and a dangerous line-of-sight hump in the runway. A high resolution pavement exabit can be downloaded here. Project highlights include:

  • Shift runway to the south by 500’
  • Lengthen runway to 4500’ (from 4200’)
  • Widen runway to 75’ (from 60’)
  • Reconstruct runway with concrete, fixing elevation and line-of-sight problems
  • Lengthen taxiway A to match new runway location to the south
  • Reconstruct taxiway exit off of runway to meet current FAA standards
  • Shift/install navigational aids
  • Install new LED lights on runway and extend LED lights on taxiway
  • Build up southern elevation, closing/crossing SW 110
  • Upgrade water main on south end
  • Remove NE corner of north ramp
The project will require a closure of the airport’s only runway outlined here. Airport management and the airport’s consulting firm Olsson made every attempt to look for ways to make a suitable temporary runway, but unfortunately, due to the extent of the runway project and lack of a suitable location on airport-owned property, the runway will be fully shut down with no options for takeoff or landing of fixed wing aircraft during the construction phase. 

For transparency and to lessen the impact on tenants, AMA conducted several tenant chat sessions where the airport discussed the project and documented tenant feedback. The results were discussed with the airport advisory board, which suggested that Augusta City Council approve rent concessions during the long closure to help lessen the burden on the tenants that maintain their lease at the airport during this timeframe. Although concessions are not required or even customary at general aviation airports, Augusta City Council approved rent concessions during the long closure, which are discussed in detail here.  

The project is 90% funded through federal grants coming from the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport tried to secure an additional 5% funding from state grants but failed due to lack of available funding for the extremely competitive state grants. 

AMA is home to  4 commercial aviation tenants including a maintenance shop and three flight training operations; 7 airport operated 10-unit T-Hangars, an airport-operated community hangar, and several tie-downs, combined holding around 85 aircraft. AMA has roughly 36,000 annual operations (an operation is either a takeoff or a landing), which is on par with Jabara. AMA currently has full-service jet fuel and automotive gasoline (MoGas) intended for use in aircraft, in addition to self-service and assisted self-service 100 octane aviation gasoline. 

Based on the last Kansas Aviation Economic Impact Study, the airport supports 283 total jobs and has over $60.3 Million in economic impact.