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
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
Meetings with Town officials occurred during the months of November and December. Agendas and notes documenting attendees and the conversations at each meeting are listed below.
Town of Middletown, November 6, 2019
Middletown Agenda November 06, 2019
Middletown Town Meeting Notes November 6, 2019
Town of New Shoreham
New Shoreham Agenda November 15, 2019
New Shoreham Town Meeting Notes November 15, 2019
Town of Smithfield – Meeting held November 21, 2019
Town of Westerly - Meeting held November 22, 2019
Town of North Kingstown – Meeting held November 26, 2019
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. Additional meetings will be scheduled for Westerly, Block Island, North Kingstown and Smithfield.
Newport State Airport Public Meeting Presentation 11-13-19
Town of Middletown Public Meeting notes November 13, 2019
Newport State Airport Public Meeting
We welcome your input and comments
Please email: GAStrategicBusinessPlan@pvdairport.com
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