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What do you think of the Provo Airport's proposed Master Plan?

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What questions or comments do you have about the aviation demand forecast?

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What questions or comments do you have about the facilities requirements?

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What questions or comments do you have about the secondary runway?

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What questions or comments do you have about the terminal alternatives?

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What questions or comments do you have about the taxiways?

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What questions or comments do you have about the development and land use?

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What questions or comments do you have about the airport layout plan?

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Do you have any other questions or comments about the Provo Municipal Airport Master Plan?

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Using 1, 2, or 3 words, please tell us: What would you want a visitor to learn about Provo or Utah by what they see at the airport?

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Using 1, 2, or 3 words, please tell us: How would you describe what the best attributes of the new Provo Airport Terminal should be?

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Using 1, 2, or 3 words, please tell us: If you could choose three things to be included in the new airport terminal, what would they be? (Examples: types of spaces, types of furniture, technology, art, services, etc.)

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How can the exterior walls/roof of the new airport terminal best represent Provo to a visitor?

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How can the interior spaces/finishes of the new airport terminal best represent Provo to a visitor?

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What type of interior finishes appeal to you? Light? Medium? Dark? - Wood? Stone? Metal? Carpet? Concrete?

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What types of artwork appeal to you? Large murals? Sculpture? Hanging art? Floor art? Framed pictures and photos? Digital media?

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When you travel by air, what parts of the experience are most important to you?

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List the best parts of your airport experience, including personal memories at other airports.

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List the worst parts of your airport experience, including personal memories at other airports.

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If you have to wait for a plane in the seating area, what would make your experience more tolerable?

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If you have to wait for an arriving passenger at the airport, what would make your experience more tolerable?

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Michael Hadley more than 2 miles
June 25, 2019, 12:23 PM
  • What questions or comments do you have about the aviation demand forecast?

    Agree.

  • What questions or comments do you have about the facilities requirements?

    There seems to be justification for a need. Other possible runway configuration should be examined.

  • What questions or comments do you have about the secondary runway?

    Development with the possibility of future expansion is definitely preferred.

  • What questions or comments do you have about the terminal alternatives?

    Concept C should definitely be the preferred alternative.

  • What questions or comments do you have about the taxiways?

    None

  • What questions or comments do you have about the development and land use?

    Land preservation should be a priority for future expansion.

  • What questions or comments do you have about the airport layout plan?

    None

  • Do you have any other questions or comments about the Provo Municipal Airport Master Plan?

    I believe that this can be an integral part of the continued growth of Provo and the surrounding areas. It would definitely provide a valuable service to the community.

  • Using 1, 2, or 3 words, please tell us: What would you want a visitor to learn about Provo or Utah by what they see at the airport?
    the quality of life and recreational opportunities.
  • Using 1, 2, or 3 words, please tell us: How would you describe what the best attributes of the new Provo Airport Terminal should be?
    Service, Convenience, Growth
  • Using 1, 2, or 3 words, please tell us: If you could choose three things to be included in the new airport terminal, what would they be? (Examples: types of spaces, types of furniture, technology, art, services, etc.)
    • Technology
    • Services
    • Representation reflecting Provo and the State of Utah.
  • How can the exterior walls/roof of the new airport terminal best represent Provo to a visitor?
    Architectural design would be key component.
  • How can the interior spaces/finishes of the new airport terminal best represent Provo to a visitor?
    Themes representing the area and history.
  • What type of interior finishes appeal to you? Light? Medium? Dark? - Wood? Stone? Metal? Carpet? Concrete?
    Light to Medium Mixture of different materials.
  • What types of artwork appeal to you? Large murals? Sculpture? Hanging art? Floor art? Framed pictures and photos? Digital media?
    Mixture of murals, sculpture and hanging art.
  • When you travel by air, what parts of the experience are most important to you?
    Easy access to terminal, gates and services.
  • List the best parts of your airport experience, including personal memories at other airports.

    Easy flow to gates, clean airport, clean restrooms and good services available.

  • List the worst parts of your airport experience, including personal memories at other airports.

    Crowded and dirty. Difficult to transfer or get to gates. No technology access or poor services.

  • If you have to wait for a plane in the seating area, what would make your experience more tolerable?
    Soft seats, WiFi accessibility, charging access for devices,
  • If you have to wait for an arriving passenger at the airport, what would make your experience more tolerable?
    Place to park and wait for arriving passenger.
  • If you have to wait in a TSA or ticketing line at the airport, what would make your experience more tolerable?
    Not much
  • If there was one convenience store type shop at the airport, what type of food/media/gifts should they offer?
    • Healthy snacks and drinks
    • Some types of regular food besides snacks
    • Not much media should be available on personnel devices.
    • Should have local souvenir items representing Provo and the State of Utah
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Aviation Demand Forecast – Factors considered were commercial service, catchment area and markets, demographics and key economic indicators, historic operations and based aircraft, forecast operations and based aircraft, and determination of critical aircraft.

catchment area and markets

Key takeaways

  • Provo’s economy is very strong, and continued growth is expected through this study’s planning horizon.
  • Operations have stabilized and grown since the recession. Note that the drop since 2006 is a trend in line with all general aviation (GA) airports nationwide. Local operations today make up the majority of all operations. These are related to touch-and-go training operations by student pilots.
  • Commercial operations are expected to grow with increased air service, though commercial operations are a very small percentage of total operations at PVU (Provo Airport).
  • GA operations make up the vast majority of total operations at PVU. They are forecast to grow through the future. Primary drivers are increased pilot training and corporate aircraft.
  • Steady growth is forecast for PVU operations. The number and type of operations being conducted today and forecast into the future are indicative of a strong and healthy airport.
  • Based aircraft expected to see steady growth. During the course of this study, new hangars were actively built with new based aircraft added. PVU is expected to see more high performance single, twin, and jet aircraft based in the future.
  • Without a new passenger terminal that can accommodate additional aircraft positions and passenger throughput, enplanements will plateau. A new passenger terminal would provide the necessary facilities to provide more commercial flights and passenger throughput.

Facility Requirements – After having an inventory of the facilities at PVU (Provo Airport), and a forecast of different types of aviation demand, it can be determined what PVU needs in the future to meet that predicted demand. In addition to meeting the forecast demand, facility requirements can be driven by factors like new FAA standards for airport design, new needs for aircraft or businesses, an ultimate vision for the airport that entails enabling projects, and identified areas that could be improved to increase safety and efficiency.

facility requirement analysis

Only some deficiencies need alternative analysis.

runway system requirements

  • Runway 13-31 provides all the required wind coverage. Runway 18-36 is not needed as a crosswind runway.
  • The two runway system provides enough capacity through the planning period.
  • The current runway configuration provides the same amount of capacity as a one runway system. Thus Runway 18-36 doesn’t add capacity.
  • If operations grow as forecast, planning for additional capacity will be needed.
  • Although Runway 18-36 is not needed for wind coverage or capacity, it is needed to separate the wide ranging fleet mix at PVU.
  • Though Runway 18-36 is needed today, the current configuration is not preferred. Crossing of runways is not preferred as it can increase the chance for runway incursions and is not efficient.

Taxiway System Requirements

  • Taxiway A4 has numerous design deficiencies. Taxiway A4 needs to be relocated. Alternatives will examine new alignments.
  • Taxiway A2 doesn’t enter the runway at the FAA recommended 90 degree angle. Taxiway A2 needs to be realigned. Alternatives will examine new alignments.

taxiways

Terminal and Apron

  • A new terminal area is needed to support current and potential air service demand.
  • Analysis was conducted to determine today’s need and the area of land to be preserved for future potential growth.

terminal and apron analysis

Hangars

  • More hangars are needed at PVU through the planning period. The alternatives analysis will evaluate areas that should be preserved for future hangar development.

Identification and Evaluation of Alternatives – The alternatives process is an iterative process. In the end, the preferred alternatives are carried forward into the overall plan for the Airport.

alternatives identification and evaluation process

Major elements carried into alternatives:

  • Runway 18-36 / Secondary Runway – Runway 18-36 will need a full reconstruction due to age and condition. This is akin to building a new runway, so alternatives were developed to determine if a different runway configuration would be preferred.
  • Passenger Terminal – The current terminal building is extremely undersized. Alternatives were developed for concepts that would handle today’s needs and future growth.
  • Taxiway A4 and A2 – These taxiways require realignment. Analysis was conducted to determine proper placement. These did not require development of multiple concepts, but did require analysis of fleet mix and operations. Additionally, a new runway exit to better serve the future terminal site was determined.
  • Hangar Development / Aeronautical Development – A hangar development concept was developed in this study that can accommodate forecast demand. However, it became evident that if Runway 18-36 was removed in the future, new land would become available for hangar and/or other aeronautical development. This shifted the alternative process from focusing on hangar concepts to an examination of land use.

Secondary Runway Alternatives - Various options were evaluated for the secondary runway. Of those, two sub-options of the parallel runway option were examined. Option 4A can accommodate today’s small training fleet. Option 4B can handle that fleet, but has enough separation from taxiway to one day be upgraded to handle faster aircraft. Overall, the evaluation determined that Option 4B was the most preferred.

parallel runway siting options

secondary runway evaluation

Terminal Alternatives – The site that had been reserved since the previous 2000 master plan was found to still be the best sight for the new terminal. Concepts were developed that could accommodate today’s demand and had ample opportunity for expansion. Three concepts were developed based on different types of terminal configurations (pier, linear, and a hybrid).

terminal site

Terminal concept A

Terminal concept B

Terminal concept C

Concept C was found to have the most efficient use of space and ease of expandability and was carried forward as the preferred concept.

Taxiway A4 Relocation – Runway exits should be sited to help expedite aircraft off of the runway. Existing A4 placement works well for small aircraft landing Runway 31. It was desired to keep that functionality. A range was developed for placement of the taxiway.

taxiway placement range

taxiway A4 preferred location

taxiway A2 and A5 analysis

Aeronautical Development and Land Use – The undeveloped area on the east side of the airport is sufficient to support forecasted hangar demand. When Runway 18-36 is removed, a large area will become available for future development. This spurred study of land use on and off airport. 

aeronautical development

In the next 20 years, two large-scale changes are expected - new passenger terminal and the removal of Runway 18-36. A look well beyond this master plan time horizon was needed to consider these changes. The first consideration is, what amount of land would be needed to accommodate one million annual passengers? How can PVU and the community best plan for growth?

The potential land area needed to accommodate access roads and parking may grow. Land use preservation in recommended. Future Provo City plans can help integrate terminal expansion into the City framework. A consideration when thinking 40-50 years out is the life cycle of the new terminal. At that time, the terminal expected to be built in the next few years will be at the end of useful life. The area of open land afforded by the removal of Runway 18-36 could allow a new terminal to be built.

alternative ultra-long term terminal area

Land use conclusion and recommendations:

  • Begin considering how best to integrate off-airport land with airport uses. Consideration should be centered upon roadways, zoning, business development, and overall land use.
  • The removal of Runway 18-36 is not expected to take place in the next 10 years. The next master plan update, expected to take place in 2029, will take place before that event. That plan should detail the development needs within the “triangle.”
  • PVU and the City should preserve land until it becomes more clear what the future holds for the new terminal.

land for future consideration

Airport Layout Plan – This is the Future Airport Layout Plan. This diagram illustrates all future planning for PVU and incorporates all the preferred alternatives.

future airport layout plan

This is the Terminal Area Drawing.

terminal area drawing

Inner approach drawings are included for each runway end. These detail the Part 77 (federal regulation about safe, efficient use and preservation of the navigable airspace) surfaces and other relevant airspace surfaces associated with arrival and departure paths.

Runway Inner Approach

Runway Inner Approach

Implementation – The final items for completion of the Master Plan are:

  • Receive FAA approval of Airport Layout Plan
  • Public Open House on June 19, 2019
  • Complete Implementation Plan
  • Final documentation

The  following questions were asked at the Airport Master Planning and Terminal Visioning Workshop. Only brief answers are allowed.


Here are some concepts for the waiting area. Color has not been added to the drawings. These are intended to give an idea of shape and function.

terminal waiting area concepts 

Photos of various airport designs were posted to show variety - curves, angles, color, materials, etc.

regional airport concepts

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