Opportunity for Public Comment

The International Falls-Koochiching County Airport Commission intends to impose a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) on passengers boarding the scheduled airlines at Falls International Airport (INL). The Commission will use the PFC revenues to recover local funds used to match federal Airport Improvement Program projects completed at INL. A PFC of $4.50 will be imposed on tickets purchased for departures from the Falls International Airport and will be applied to each of the projects listed below. (This is the same PFC level that is currently in place). The new charge is proposed to go into effect on January 1, 2020 and remain in effect until October 1, 2034. A total of $1,201,204.44 is estimated to be collected through this period. Brief justifications of each project for which PFC revenues will be used include:

  1. PFC Administration, $14,100 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Costs for consultant services were incurred to provide assistance relative to the PFC application process per 14 CFR Part 158. The PFC application process is a five month process that involves coordination with the public, air carriers operating at INL, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The process must follow published regulations in order to ensure an FAA Determination of Completeness and Federal Register Notice.
  1. 2013 Rehabilitate Runway 13/31, $2,803.63 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Routine pavement maintenance (pavement rehabilitation) was completed in 2013 on Runway 13/31 in order to prolong the life of the pavement. This project included isolated instances of crack repair of the existing pavement. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. 2013 Rehabilitate Taxiway A, $5,090.12 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Routine pavement maintenance (pavement rehabilitation) was completed in 2013 on Taxiway A in order to prolong the life of the pavement. This project included isolated instances of crack repair of the existing pavement. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. 2013 Rehabilitate Apron, $589.85 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Routine pavement maintenance (pavement rehabilitation) was completed in 2013 on the Apron in order to prolong the life of the pavement. This project included isolated instances of crack repair of the existing pavement. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. 2014 Rehabilitate Runway 13/31, $7,807.9 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Routine pavement maintenance (pavement rehabilitation) was completed in 2014 on Runway 13/31. Runway 13/31’s pavement was in “Very Good” to “Excellent” condition (PCI 78-100), but isolated instances of crack repair of the existing pavement was needed in order to prolong the life of the pavement. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. 2014 Rehabilitate Apron, $1,642.58 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Routine pavement maintenance (pavement rehabilitation) was completed in 2014 on the Apron. The Apron’s pavement was in “Very Good” to “Excellent” condition (PCI 72-99), but isolated instances of crack repair of the existing pavement was needed in order to prolong the life of the pavement. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. 2015 Rehabilitate Runway 13/31, $2,309.57 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Pavement rehabilitation was completed in 2015 on Runway 13/31. Runway 13/31’s pavement was in “Good” condition (PCI 77-89), and full depth crack repair of the existing pavement was needed in order to prolong the life of the pavement. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. 2015 Rehabilitate Runway 4/22, $468.00 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Pavement rehabilitation was completed in 2015 on Runway 4/22. Runway 4/22’s pavement was in “Good” condition (PCI 64), and full depth crack repair of the existing pavement was needed in order to prolong the life of the pavement. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. 2015 Rehabilitate Taxiway A, $555.79 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Pavement rehabilitation was completed in 2015 on Taxiway A. Taxiway A’s pavement was in “Poor” to “Good” condition (PCI 28-75), and full depth crack repair of the existing pavement was needed in order to prolong the life of the pavement. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. 2015 Rehabilitate Apron, $550.03 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Pavement rehabilitation was completed in 2015 on the Apron. The Apron’s pavement was in “Good” to “Very Good” condition (PCI 68-88), and full depth crack repair of the existing pavement was needed in order to prolong the life of the pavement. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. 2015 Install Guidance Signs, $2,529.68 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    The existing runway and taxiway guidance signs on the airfield were in poor condition and in need of replacement. The project included the replacement of the guidance signs on the airfield. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. 2015 Wildlife Hazard Assessment, $1,689.50 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    International Falls Airport’s last Wildlife Hazard Assessment (WHA) was completed in 2002. A WHA is a document that identifies and minimizes risks of aircraft-wildlife collisions, and is required to be updated periodically for 14 CFR Part 139 Airports, such as Falls International Airport (INL). This project included completing a new WHA in order to meet 14 CFR Part 139 requirements. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. 2016 Rehabilitate Runway 13/31, $3,037.53 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Pavement rehabilitation was completed in 2016 on Runway 13/31. Runway 13/31’s pavement was in “Good” to “Excellent” condition (PCI 77-89), and full depth crack repair of the existing pavement was needed in order to prolong the life of the pavement. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. 2016 Rehabilitate Taxiway A, $1,012.52 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Pavement rehabilitation was completed in 2016 on Taxiway A. Taxiway A’s pavement was in “Poor” to “Good” condition (PCI 28-75), and full depth crack repair of the existing pavement was needed in order to prolong the life of the pavement. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. 2017 Rehabilitate Runway 13/31, $2,043.6 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Pavement rehabilitation was completed in 2017 on Runway 13/31. Runway 13/31’s pavement was in “Good” to “Excellent” condition (PCI 64-89), and full depth crack repair of the existing pavement was needed in order to prolong the life of the pavement. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. 2017 Rehabilitate Runway 4/22, $414.02 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Pavement rehabilitation was completed in 2017 on Runway 4/22. Runway 4/22’s pavement was in “Good” condition (PCI 64), and full depth crack repair of the existing pavement was needed in order to prolong the life of the pavement. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. 2017 Rehabilitate Taxiway A, $491.76 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Pavement rehabilitation was completed in 2017 on Taxiway A. Taxiway A’s pavement was in “Poor” to “Good” condition (PCI 28-75), and full depth crack repair of the existing pavement was needed in order to prolong the life of the pavement. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. 2017 Rehabilitate Apron, $486.62 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Pavement rehabilitation was completed in 2017 on the Apron. The Apron’s pavement was in “Good” to “Very Good” condition (PCI 68-89), and full depth crack repair of the existing pavement was needed in order to prolong the life of the pavement. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. 2018 Snow Removal Equipment, $16,695.52 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Two pieces of the Airport’s existing snow removal equipment (2007 Caterpillar Loader and 2008 Oshkosh Broom) were at the end of their useful life, and in need of replacement to enhance the reliability of the snow removal equipment fleet and maximize snow clearing during significant snow weather events. This project replaced these pieces of equipment with a new Broom Engine and Head. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the capacity of the airfield.
  1. 2018 Airfield Maintenance – Apron, $2,087.10 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Pavement rehabilitation was completed in 2018 on the Apron. The Apron’s pavement was in “Good” to “Very Good” condition (PCI 68-89), and full depth crack repair of the existing pavement was needed in order to prolong the life of the pavement. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. Runway 13/31 Reconstruction (2018-2022), $731,651.26 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Runway 13/31’s pavement is more than 30 years old and is at the end of its useful life. This project consists of reconstructing the full length of Runway 13/31, along with necessary subsurface drainage design, electrical improvements, and other related project elements. This is a multi-phase project and is anticipated to occur from 2018 until 2022. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  1. Taxiway A Reconstruction (2019), $376,980.04 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    Taxiway A’s pavement is more than 26 years old and is at the end of its useful life. This project consists of reconstructing the full length of Taxiway A and its six connector taxiways, along with necessary subsurface drainage design, electrical improvements, and other related project elements.  The taxiway will be reconstructed to 50 feet wide, with 20 foot shoulders and medium intensity taxiway lighting to meet Airplane Design Group III standards. This project is currently being completed in 2019. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.
  2. Commercial Apron Expansion (2019), $26,167.82 ($4.50 PFC Level)
    The existing commercial service apron does not adequately provide parking, clearance areas, and turning movements as a result of the newly constructed Terminal Building, completed in Spring 2019. The project consists of expanding the commercial air service apron, and will provide nearly 48,000 square feet of additional concrete apron for parking and movements to and from the new airline terminal. This project is currently being completed in 2019. This project is eligible for PFC collection under 14 CFR Part 158, as it preserves the safety of the airfield.

Anyone wishing to comment on this proposed action by the International Falls-Koochiching County Airport Commission must provide their comments in writing, no later than Thursday, September 26, 2019 to:

Ms. Kyra Hasbargen
Secretary, International Falls-Koochiching County Airport Commission
600 4th Street
International Falls, MN 56649

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