Removing 1,000 feet of runway and adding 300 feet, shifting the crosswind runways
to clear existing runway visibility zone obstructions, adding a new runway safety area and pavement markings, and repairing the runway edge are some improvements included in the Cold Bay Airport Crosswind Runway
This grant will fund the final phase for construction of 400 foot connector Taxiway A4 and 950 foot connector Taxiway B4 to eliminate the need for back taxiing on Runway 3/21 when accessing crosswind Runway
Kidd said the airport needs $700,000 to $800,000 in capital upgrades to seal cracks in the 6,000-foot main runway, rehabilitate a gravel crosswind runway
, and replace or upgrade equipment.
The pilot elected to turn the airplane and land, gear-up, in a grassy area to the side of the crosswind runway
The project will remove the current 3,500-foot crosswind runway
and another 4,500-foot runway and construct a new 5,000-foot runway.
The new crosswind runway
, named Runway 9-27, will be used by private and corporate general aviation aircraft and is designed to enhance safety during crosswind conditions.
The last major work on the main runway - known as Runway 16R/34L - was in 2005, when the crosswind runway
was replaced by the parallel runway.
Authorisation was also given for a 1,500ft (457m) extension to taxiway Charlie to the south of the east-west crosswind runway
Planes used only a short crosswind runway
with air traffic controllers talking pilots through their final approach.
After considering various alternatives, airport planners concluded the best layout would include eliminating one crosswind runway
(6,000 ft), constructing a new, very long, parallel, north/south runway (13,500 ft), and abandoning the six-gate terminal in favor of a new, 12-gate, passenger terminal in a new mid-field location.
To complete the second of a three-phase project to relocate and upgrade a 3,000-foot crosswind runway
Ed Schmidtke, manager of business development, said architectural and engineering work will start this year to assess the condition and remaining lifespan of the airport's 5,300-foot crosswind runway