Chad Tate, Edgerton, the new member of the Gardner Municipal Airport Advisory Board was introduced at the March 14, 2016 meeting. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz

Rick Poppitz
Special to The Gardner News
Chad Tate, Edgerton, was introduced as the newest member of the Gardner Municipal Airport Advisory Board at the March 14 board meeting.  Tate was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Peter Yazbec.
The first item of business at the meeting was the board review of Sections 6 and 7 of the GMA Minimum Standards document. Sections 1-5 have already been completed by previous reviews.
Section 6 deals with application requirements for individuals wishing to conduct commercial skydiving operations.
In addition to several minor wording changes to various items in section 6, it was recommended to change the skydiving operator’s requirement to maintain a $1 million dollar liability insurance policy to a 2 million dollar policy.
Section 7 concerns requirements for a Fixed Base Operator (FBO).
An FBO is a person, firm, or corporation performing functions or services on a commercial basis at the Gardner Municipal Airport. Aircraft repair, aircraft sales or rental, flight instruction, charter services and agricultural spraying would all be examples of FBO’s.
Rule 7-2 requires FBO’s to demonstrate financial capability by providing a cash flow and profit-and-loss projection for the first five years of the proposed operation. The board recommended changing that projection to 2 years.
Brian Faust, public works director, told the board their recommendations would be forwarded to the city attorney for legal evaluation and his input would be ready for review at the next GMA advisory board meeting.
The Gardner Municipal Airport Master Plan calls for the acquisition of four residential properties immediately south of the airport to provide a Runway Protection Zone for the airport’s North-South runway.
To insure requirements to receive FAA funding are met, the city has engaged the services of an engineering firm, Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC) of Lawrence, for land acquisition services.
The board was updated on the status of property acquisition efforts by Brad Weisenburger of PEC.
Weisenburger said the properties had been appraised and negotiations with current owners had begun. He also made the board aware that agreement needs to be reached before July 1, or the city could potentially lose $60,000 in federal funding.
Near the end of the meeting, Brian Faust delivered well received news when he informed the board of a recent professional inspection of the airfield grounds and fuel farm, which he said “passed with no deficiencies”.