Planning begins for Lake Tahoe Airport
More than 100 people packed into the South Lake Tahoe City Council Chambers for an opening-round workshop on a master plan being put together for the Lake Tahoe Airport.
City officials and consultants with C&S Companies hired to complete the $350,000 study — 90 percent paid for by the Federal Aviation Administration — were pleased with the strong turnout.
It was standing-room only in the former terminal converted into council chambers and other city offices after commercial flight service ended at the city-owned airport in 2000.
Exploring the feasibility of bringing commercial service back is just one aspect of the master plan, an airport development planning tool required by FAA for airports it funds.
Councilman Tom Davis called it the biggest showing he’s seen at an airport meeting in 30 years. “That’s encouraging. We need your input, good, bad or indifferent,” he said.
Michael Hotaling of C&S Companies described the master plan process and fielded about 45 minutes of questions and comments.
The last master plan for Lake Tahoe Airport was in 1992. Since then, a lot has change in South Lake Tahoe and the aviation industry, including some airport design standards, Hotaling said.
The master plan process includes a survey of airport conditions and facility needs, environmental constraints, an aircraft inventory and estimated 20-year aviation demand and capacity forecasts to help drive the selection of facility alternatives for evaluation.
Overseen by FAA, the process concludes with a ... Read more here: http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/10203558-113/airport-tahoe-lake-plan