The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) is currently working on an initiative to develop a General Aviation Strategic Business Plan (Plan). RIAC is communicating with respective town managers and municipal leaders to orchestrate and invite local leaders and aviation stakeholders to a string of meetings for the purpose of obtaining input to the Plan. RIAC operates and maintains the General Aviation Airports for the benefit of the state, local communities and stakeholders. As such, RIAC alone, cannot and should not, decide the future direction of these airports and at what scale they will operate.
Key elements of the strategic plan include:
- Development of a ten-year plan which will summarize and prioritize necessary infrastructure improvements at each airport.
- Development of a ten-year plan which will summarize and prioritize necessary airside and landside pavement repairs and reconstructions at each airport.
- Development of an updated airspace analysis plan. This plan will identify current obstructions present within the airspace surrounding the airports and runways.
- Preparation of a ten year business plan which will evaluate the current financial health of each airport, define economic development opportunities and provide potential paths forward to establish self-sustaining operations.
To support the efforts in establishing the this plan, RIAC has formed an internal task force comprised of aviation experts in the fields of engineering, planning, operations, finance, legal and property management.
Updates and Schedule
The first public meeting will focus on Newport State Airport and has been scheduled for November 13th at 7:00 pm at Gaudet Middle School cafeteria. These meetings are open to the public and additional meetings will be scheduled for Westerly, Block Island, North Kingstown and Smithfield.
Additional meetings are anticipated to follow in December 2019 and January 2020
Newport State Airport Public Meeting Presentation 11-13-19
Newport State Airport Public Meeting
We welcome your input and comments
Please email: GAStrategicBusinessPlan@pvdairport.com
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