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Airfield Facts

  • The airport has never been closed for snow.
  • The Airfield Maintenance Facility is a state of the art 116,000 square foot facility. The building is supplemented with a satellite Quick Turn Facility (QTF) which provides 10,000 square foot of storage for Runway Sand and 10,000 square foot for Solid Runway Deicer. The facility is also equipped with multiple exterior storage tanks totaling 185,000 gallons for Runway Liquid Deicer.
  • The Department manages and maintains the Airport's vehicle fuel supply and facility. This facility is equipped with 16 dispensing pumps and fuel storage capacity of 8,000 gallons of Unleaded and 30,000 gallons of Diesel fuel.
  • The airport is a five time recipient and two time honorable mention of the Bernt Balchen Post Award for Large Airport Snow Removal Programs. This is awarded to airports able to keep runways open under adverse snow conditions.
  • We are responsible for maintaining 33 million square feet of pavement and 864 acres of grasslands.
  • Field Maintenance maintains three primary runways which are 10,500 feet or longer. The longest runway is over 12,000 feet long and 200 feet wide. In addition to the runways there are numerous taxiways, ramps, parking areas and a gravel general aviation runway.
  • Average annual snow fall is 69.5 inches. Since 2005 annual snow fall has ranged from 60 inches to 135 inches.
  • Airfield Electricians maintain 6,516 runway and taxiway lighting fixtures, 232 airfield signs, and 1,206 elevated street, parking, and facility lights.
  • The Parts and Supply Warehouse maintains a 5,000 square foot parts room with over 3,000 parts.
  • Radio Maintenance manages 349 vehicle mounted radios and 169 portable units.
  • The Sign Shop processes approximately 2,500 requests for airfield signs, terminal signs, road signs, vehicle decals, permits and banners each year.
  • The Department's Paint Crew applies approximately 13,000 gallons of paint each season to maintain airfield markings.
  • The Machine and Welding Shops routinely fabricate parts for critical pieces of equipment which would otherwise be unavailable locally when they are needed most.
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