Coming Events

For more information contact Ken Mercer at mercer.k@comcast.net

April 19    GFCA Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Pilots' Lounge Gnoss Field, All Members Invited

April 20    Project Open House, San Marin High School, 7 p.m. All student projects on display,  including our RV-12!

April 28-29 AOPA Regional Fly-in, Camarillo Airport (KCMA), Camarillo, CA (290 nm/144  degrees).Formation Fly-out, anyone?

May 20 Young Eagles with Novato HS JROTC Cadets, 10 a.m.-1 p.m mail mercer.k@comcast.net  if you’d like to help out.

May 13    GFCA Breakfast Meeting, Scanlon Hangar Gnoss Field, 9 a.m., speaker Katie Greenwold,  Truckee-Tahoe Airport Outreach Coordinator, "Truckee Summer Operations and Mountain Flying"

May 13    Airplanes at the Movies, Scanlon Hangar, 6:30 food truck, 7:00 p.m. feature film TBD

May 17    GFCA Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Pilots' Lounge Gnoss Field, All Members Invited

May 18    FAA Hearing on Purpose and Needs working paper (determination of critical aircraft) for Runway 13/31 extension (notice posted  below)

June 10     GFCA Breakfast Meeting, Scanlon Hangar Gnoss Field, 9 a.m., speaker TBD

June 10     Airplanes at the Movies,  Scanlon Hangar, 6:30 food truck, 7:00 p.m. feature film TBD

June 21    GFCA Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Pilots' Lounge Gnoss Field, All Members Invited

 

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORKSHOP

STATUS OF SUPPLEMENT TO THE JUNE 2014

FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

EXTENSION OF RUNWAY 13/31

GNOSS FIELD AIRPORT

NOVATO, MARIN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

AND

DISCUSSION OF METHODOLOGY TO IDENTIFY AVIATION ACTIVITY AND

PREPARATION OF AN UPDATED PURPOSE AND NEED WORKING PAPER

 

MAY 18, 2017

MARIN COUNTY CIVIC CENTER

3501 CIVIC CENTER DRIVE, ROOM 330

SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA

7:00 P.M.

APRIL 18, 2017. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Notice of public workshop to update the public on the status of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Supplement to the June 2014 Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Extension of Runway 13/31, Gnoss Field Airport, Novato, Marin County, California. The public workshop will also discuss the methodology for voluntary data submissions of aviation activity by pilots/aircraft owners at the airport and preparation of an updated Purpose and Need Working Paper.

BACKGROUND

The FAA published a Final EIS for the Gnoss Field Airport, Extension of Runway 13/31, in June 2014. As the FAA reviewed comments on the Final EIS, and prepared to issue a Record of Decision on the EIS, it concluded that the level of aviation activity at Gnoss Field Airport may have changed from the level of aviation activity identified in the Final EIS. Since the FAA must evaluate proposed aviation development based on a current FAA-approved aviation forecast, the FAA required an updated aviation forecast be prepared and approved.

In May 2016, the FAA issued a Purpose and Need Working Paper regarding the proposed Extension of Runway 13/31 at Gnoss Field Airport, which included a current FAA-approved aviation forecast. That Working Paper described a change in forecasted aviation activity at Gnoss Field Airport and included a revised purpose and need for the runway extension project based on the change in aviation activity. Specifically, the aviation forecast identified a change in the critical aircraft, which is the aircraft used to determine airport design standards and dimensions. As a result of that change, the Purpose and Need Working Paper determined the total necessary runway length to accommodate the current critical aircraft at Gnoss Field Airport was 3,600 feet. The prior June 2014 Final EIS had identified the necessary runway length as 4,400 feet. As Runway 13/31 is currently 3,300 feet long, the current total necessary runway length of 3,600 feet could be obtained with a 300-foot runway extension, instead of the 1,100-foot runway extension identified in the June 2014 Final EIS.

Public commenters on the May 2016 Purpose and Need Working Paper stated that document may have underestimated the amount of aviation activity at Gnoss Field Airport by aircraft with more demanding runway length requirements. Based on those comments, the FAA concluded a further examination of aviation activity by potential critical aircraft at the airport is warranted. This workshop will provide information on how the FAA will examine previous assumptions regarding this issue, including providing the voluntary opportunity for pilots and aircraft owners to provide further documentation regarding their level of aviation activity, and the process by which the FAA will subsequently review that information and issue an updated Purpose and Need Working Paper for public comment.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORKSHOP/MEETING

The public meeting will be held on May 18, 2017, at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive – Room 330, San Rafael, California, at 7:00 P.M. The May 2016 Purpose and Need Working Paper and the June 2014 Final EIS are available on the project website at www.gnossfieldeis-eir.com.

Please provide any written public comments to the point of contact below:

Mr. Doug Pomeroy

Federal Aviation Administration

San Francisco Airports District Office

1000 Marina Boulevard, Suite 220

Brisbane, California 94005-1835.

Telephone 650-827-7612 FAX 650-872-1430

Please note: Before including your name, address and telephone number, email or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Thank you.