FAA approves runway expansion plan at Dayton-Wright Brothers’ Airport

Development still years away, but could result in Austin Boulevard realignment.


A runway extension and other improvements around the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport took a key step forward this month when the Federal Aviation Administration approved a long-range plan for the 527-acre site.

However, any development will likely be years away.

Terry Slaybaugh, director of aviation for the city of Dayton, which runs the airport, said the FAA approval was critical “regardless of how quickly we progress with the major elements of the plan.”

The aviation hub has supplied hundreds of jobs and helped fuel a growing business corridor south of Dayton.

RELATED: Feds OK plan for Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport longer runway

The airport is at the intersection of Ohio 741 and Austin Boulevard. It is responsible for about 320 jobs, an annual payroll of $10.7 million and a yearly economic output of nearly $36 million, according to an Ohio Department of Transportation study.

About $6 million in new construction has occurred there with a pair of projects in the past two years. The city of Dayton spent about $1 million last year in completing what officials said was the first new aircraft hangar at the airport in decades. Another $5 million was invested with the hangar The Connor Group recently built next to its headquarters.

The airport is across from Austin Landing — the 142-acre mixed-use retail development anchoring an I-75 interchange that’s attracted thousands of jobs since opening nearly a decade ago — and south of the Dayton Mall, with major Miami Twp. employers PNC Mortgage, LexisNexis and MetLife in between.

RELATED: Not your ‘typical’ aircraft hangar; see this local company’s new airport building

The airport’s long-range plan calls for a 500-foot extension of its 5,000-foot runway. That may require a realignment of part of Austin Boulevard to the north, according to Slaybaugh.

Because of Austin’s location and FAA requirements for a runway protection zone, only 4,500 feet of the airport’s current ground path is used, officials have said.

Most models of aircraft that use the facility require a runway more than 5,000 feet long when fully loaded on a hot summer afternoon, described as the “most demanding” conditions, according to Passero Associates, the engineering firm that worked on DWB’s long-range plan.

RELATED: Dayton, Ohio airports help fuel jobs: See how area bases compare

The airport is now permitted for knot speeds that translate to a range of about 104-140 miles per hour. With the runway extension, the classification change would increase the range to roughly 140-162 miles per hour, airport officials have said.

A realigning of Austin would be eligible for federal funding, Slaybaugh has said. Approval of the airport’s long-range plan “is not considered a commitment of federal funding for the proposed development,” according to a letter from the FAA.

Among other alternatives, Slaybaugh said: rerouting a portion of Austin to run beneath the runway extension, or installing a “resting system” at the runway’s end.

FOLLOW NICK BLIZZARD ON FACEBOOK

Before deciding on which option is best, an environmental impact study is required. A team for the study may be in place by the end of the year with a target of starting the study in the first half of 2019, Slaybaugh said.

The study itself, he said, could take a few years.

“We’ll go through all of the impacts of the different options we have for eliminating the road as an obstruction and then we’ll pick one of them and try to get everyone to agree it’s the best way to go,” he said. “And that could take a while.”

-MORE COVERAGE ON THIS ISSUE:

RELATED: Change allows taller buildings at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport

RELATED: Study: Miami Twp. land near airport could lure defense businesses

RELATED: Runway extension may not require realigning part of Austin Boulevard

RELATED: New hangars among upgrades at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport

RELATED: Austin Boulevard rerouting plan may change with runway extension

RELATED: $18M headquarters to spur DWB growth



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

‘Malcolm in the Middle’ star Frankie Muniz 5-story brownstone destroyed by cat
‘Malcolm in the Middle’ star Frankie Muniz 5-story brownstone destroyed by cat

“Malcolm in the Middle” star Frankie Muniz didn’t lose his home in the California wildfires like other celebrities did. It was his cat that inadvertently destroyed the actor’s five-story brownstone. >> Read more trending news  Muniz left for a trip to France to attend his uncle’s funeral, and when he returned...
AAA recommends car care before Thanksgiving travel
AAA recommends car care before Thanksgiving travel

AAA suggests motorist get their cars checked out and tuned up before Thanksgiving holiday travel to avoid finding themselves stranded, according to a release. "AAA recommends motorists use a simple checklist to determine their vehicle's fall and winter maintenance needs," said AAA Tire & Auto Manager Jon Bucher. "Many of the items on...
Local city to stop parking meter fines during holidays
Local city to stop parking meter fines during holidays

A moratorium on fines for time-limited parking spaces in the downtown Troy historic district will be in effect during the holiday season and through the end of January. The moratorium went into effect Nov. 15, just days after it was discussed by city administrators with a city council committee. During the moratorium, discussions and study will continue...
Troy Girl Scout troops pick-up trash in honor of 3 Girl Scouts killed in Wisconsin
Troy Girl Scout troops pick-up trash in honor of 3 Girl Scouts killed in Wisconsin

Several Girl Scout Troops spent Sunday afternoon outdoors picking up trash around Cookson Elementary School and Campbell Park, according to News Center 7's Northern Bureau Chief Steve Baker.  This was done in memory of the three Girl Scouts that were killed earlier this month by a pick-up truck while they were picking up roadside trash in...
After 73 years, World War II veteran receives medals
After 73 years, World War II veteran receives medals

On Nov. 11, World War II veteran Earl Bailey received ribbons and medals he had earned during his service but never received. The long-overdue medals ceremony for Bailey took place at his church, Tri County Assembly Church in Fairfield, on Veterans Day. Bailey’s grandson and daughter concocted a surprise party with the help of a local lawmaker...
More Stories