Runway extension pursued for $75K

Runway extension pursued for $75K

A runway extension project for the Oliver airport is being proposed. (File photo)

The Airport Advisory Committee has recommended Town council support a runway extension project at an estimated cost of $74,800.

The project is reportedly subject to a BC Air Access Program grant application as mentioned at last week’s committee meeting.

Discussion ensued regarding the airport’s operating budget including line painting and the fact the flag pole and concrete base need repair.

It was also reported that the grass runway sustained damage by the BC forest service camp that was set up last year. Vehicle traffic on the runway caused ruts, but the repair work has been paid for by the forest service.

Airport manager Paul Dumoret reported a stable year for operations. He noted there are new requirements on proximity to obstacles and runway length.

Dumoret said there were no bird strikes in 2019, thanks to a significant effort made to mitigate the risk.

He said line painting is a priority in 2020, adding that fuel sales are strong, a sign that more aircraft are using the airport.

Dumoret pointed out that cleanup of the air cadet building is in progress.