• Rural Alaska Airport Improvement Projects: A Pre-Construction Management Guide

      Underwood, Daron (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2021-05-01)
      In the State of Alaska roughly 8 out of 10 communities are not connected to the road system, limiting the ability to obtain items ranging from daily essentials to medical care to water or air. Referred to by Alaska’s Department of Transportation as “Alaska’s Lifeline,” rural airports serve vital roles in the welfare of remote and neighboring communities, especially when access by road is not an option. Many villages, towns, councils, and individuals are responsible for independently developing improvement plans for their existing airports. This report details processes followed to develop a dual-objective guide which looks at a range of rural airports throughout Alaska and their respective uses. Utilizing information gained through subject matter expert interviews and research, the guide presents various management processes, tools, and techniques to consider during pre-construction planning of rural airport improvement projects. In addition to standard management practices, the guide references requirements set by the Federal Aviation Administration, State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Standard Specifications for Airport Construction, as well as various permitting agencies. Using these references, the guide provides sources for rural airport usage requirements and aids in determining what type of improvements are necessary and feasible.