Good morning everyone,
After many years of construction and development, Ribbon Ridge Airport was awarded the status of Municipal Airport. That is mainly because the passenger terminal was finally built.
In order to succesfully accomodate all the future car traffic, new roads were constructed, a bus terminal was built, car and taxi drop-off points were implemented, and also, two parking lots are now available, one for short-term stay and one for long-term stay.
The terminal has 7 gates, A1 and A2 are being used by Kenmore Air, from Washigton, A3 and A4 are being used by Gem Air, from Idaho, A5 and A6 are being used by Bering Air, from Alaska. A7 however, isn’t being used since its main purpose is to serve as a standby option for possible incoming emergencies.
Since the turboprop aircraft requires Jet A, a Jet A depot was built close to the terminal, alongside some blast fences to prevent damage at the fuel tanks.
Also, a lot of new employees were hired, and a new admin office was built at the new terminal. The old admin office, however, was refurbished and is now being used by the contractors.
To aid this new level of demand, a new ATC tower was constructed, alongside an improved weather station, which now provides TAF information as well as METAR reports. Also, a radar was constructed to decrease the workload from the air traffic controllers. On the other hand, the old small ATC tower was demolished and the GA ramp was refurbished, and now has a small park inside it.
Regarding the safety of the operations, a Localizer was implemented at the end of the runway, alongside with an Approach Lighting System, and also a Glide Slope antenna was constructed close to the touchdown zone on the runway. That means that now the airport has an ILS system for runway 36 and is capable of providind pilots with a safe landing even in low IFR days. Also, two bird strike prevention devices were built close to the runway thresholds. On the security side, on the other hand, a emergency depot was built for fire trucks and ambulances, and a police station was built close to the terminal. Now the airport is fully capable of handling any possible emergency. Finally, some maintenance hangars were constructed to increase the airport efficiency and provide some additional income.
The next goal is to expand the airport boundaries and increase the terminal size, this will allow a medium size runway and provide us to be one step closer towards a Regional Airport.
Hope you all are enjoying, and see you soon.