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General Aviation Strategic Business Plan

Background Updates and Schedule Press Releases Comments & Questions General Aviation Master Plan Documents

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Background

The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) is currently working on an initiative to develop a General Aviation Strategic Business 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.  

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UPDATES AND SCHEDULE

Newport State Airport Avigation Easement and Obstruction Removal Historical Summary

Preservation of Safe Airspace Bills

On March 2, 2020 RIAC announced support for the “Preservation of Safe Airspace Bills” which will provide a statewide solution addressing airspace obstructions.

Preservation of Safe Airspace Bill

Newport State Airport

Town of Middletown, November 6, 2019
Middletown Agenda November 06, 2019
Middletown Town Meeting Notes November 6, 2019

Newport Airport Public Meeting

The first public meeting was held regarding Newport State Airport on November 13th at 7:00 pm at the Gaudet Middle School cafeteria.  The presentation given at this meeting as well as notes from the meeting are below.

Newport State Airport Meeting

General Aviation Strategic Business Plan Phase II Meeting Town of Middletown August 4, 2020
GA Strategic Business Plan Phase II Town of Middletown August 3, 2020

General Aviation Strategy Phase II Town of Portsmouth June 30, 2020
General Aviation Strategy Phase II Town of Newport June 30, 2020
General Aviation Strategy Phase II Town of Newport June 30, 2020
General Aviation Strategy Phase II Town of Middletown June 30, 2020
Newport State Airport Public Meeting Presentation 11-13-19 
Town of Middletown Public Meeting notes November 13, 2019
General Aviation Strategy Intro City Manager City of Newport November 05, 2019
General Aviation Strategy Intro Town of Portsmouth November 01, 2019
General Aviation Strategy Intro City of Newport November 01, 2019
General Aviation Strategy Intro Town of Middletown November 01, 2019

Westerly State Airport

RIAC provided comments to the Town of Westerly regarding the Draft Comprehensive Plan 2020 – 2040 on December 11, 2019.  The comment letter is posted below.

RIAC Comments of Westerly Draft Comp Plan 2020-2040_December 11, 2019

Town of Westerly – Meeting held November 22, 2019
Westerly Agenda November 22, 2019
Westerly Town Meeting Notes November 22, 2019
General Aviation Strategy Intro Town of Westerly November 1, 2019

Block Island State Airport

General Aviation Strategy Phase II Town of New Shoreham
Town of New Shoreham – 
Meeting held November 15, 2019
New Shoreham Agenda November 15, 2019
New Shoreham Town Meeting Notes November 15, 2019
General Aviation Strategy Intro Town of New Shoreham November 1, 2019

North Central State Airport

General Aviation Strategy Phase II Town of Smithfield June 30, 2020
General Aviation Strategy Phase II Town of North Kingstown June 30, 2020.
General Aviation Strategy Phase II Town of Lincoln June 30, 2020
General Aviation Strategy Intro Town of Lincoln 11 01, 2019

Town of Smithfield – Meeting held November 21, 2019
General Aviation Strategy Phase II June 30, 2020
Smithfield Agenda November 21, 2019
Smithfield Town Meeting Notes November 21, 2019
General Aviation Strategy Intro Town of Smithfield November 1, 2019

Quonset State Airport

Town of North Kingstown – Meeting held November 26, 2019
Town of North Kingstown Agenda November 26, 2019
Town of North Kingstown Town Meeting Notes November 26, 2019
General Aviation Strategy Intro Town of North Kingstown November 01, 2019

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PRESS RELEASES

2020 -- S 2547aa As Amended on 7-13-20
Newport State Airport Public Meeting
RIAC ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR S2547/H7900 “PRESERVATION OF SAFE AIRSPACE” BILLS
2020 -- S 2547 An Act Relating to Aeronautics – Airports and Landing Fields – Airport Zoning
2020 – H 7900 An Act Relating to Aeronautics – Airports and Landing Fields – Airport Zoning

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COMMENTS/QUESTIONS

We welcome your input and comments
Please email: GAStrategicBusinessPlan@pvdairport.com

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GENERAL AVIATION MASTERPLANS
GA Masterplans

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