Airport plans for long-term

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The Colorado Springs Airport’s master plan is being updated and will serve as a development road map for at least the next 25 years.

The plan’s primary goal is to focus on maintaining a safe, efficient airfield that meets Federal Aviation Administration standards.

Priorities include safety and security, followed by financial feasibility, operational efficiency and environmental prudence.

“Our goal is to create a master plan that provides us with the flexibility to respond freely as new opportunities arise, while maintaining the regulatory and development standards that have been established for industry and the local community,” said Mark Earle, director of aviation.

The airport’s stakeholders –  the FAA, area military installations, airport tenants, community businesses and organizations, airport users and area residents – will be a key part of the plan’s development on a focused public involvement program.

Development of the plan is expected to take 12 to 18 months and will follow the process prescribed by the FAA.

Airport management and a team from Jacobs Consultancy are leading the planning effort, with the citizen-based Airport Advisory Commission providing advice and counsel. The plan will be submitted to the FAA for final approval, after review and coordination with local agencies.

To track the airport’s progress, visit its website, www.flycos.com.