Proposed Improvements

Airport Improvement Cover2Proposed Improvements

If the runway length is not addressed, this will limit the number of jet aircraft operations and the jets’ useful loads and the haul lengths. Aircraft operators will have to divert to other airports or Fort Scott Municipal Airport Draft Environmental Assessment Fort Scott, Kansas Olsson #017-2226 Page 2 of 33 reduce their load, carrying less fuel, fewer passengers, or less cargo. A longer runway will provide economic benefits to both the airport and the users. The airport is publicly owned and operated, and an improved airport economy will reduce any potential tax burden on the citizens of Fort Scott.

If the runway were extended to accommodate the forecasted aircraft, the airport’s projection is an increase in fuel sales by over 500%, from 77,170 in 2017 to approximately 475,000 gallons in 2022. The airport sells the fuel and their income would increase substantially. The airport also anticipates that a runway extension would result in more based aircraft, which would increase the airport’s hangar rental income. In addition, the airport has received inquiries from a new business that may open at the airport, if traffic were increased. The business would increase local employment and provide additional rental income to the airport. Finally, Spectra Jet’s employment would increase, providing an additional economic impact. 

Airport users, businesses, aircraft owners based at the airport, pilots and passengers will benefit by: 

1) Reducing diversions to other airports. Diversions increase ground transportation time when the pilot and passengers must drive to reach their final destination. Diversions happen when an aircraft has a higher approach speed, or there are high temperatures, high winds and/or high payloads resulting in the aircraft needing a longer runway.
2) Reducing aircraft fuel stops. Currently some aircraft depart with less than a full load of fuel, land at another airport to take on more fuel, and then continue to their final destination. This is very inefficient, increases fuel consumption due to more landings and takeoffs, and increases overall transportation time. 

Proposed Action

  • Extend and widen Runway 18/36 to 6,400’ by 100’, including relocation of the Runway 18 threshold 450 feet to the south and extension of Runway 36 by 2,450 feet to the south. This will meet FAA standards for C-II aircraft. – (Planned for 2021-2025)
  • Implement new non-precision instrument approach procedures listed below with one-mile minimum descent altitudes (MDA) for these new runway threshold locations. These procedures will replace the existing RNAV/GPS approaches with one-mile MDA – (Planned for 2021-2025)
    • Runway 18 – RNAV (GPS) 
    • Runway 36 – RNAV (GPS)
    • Takeoff/Departure Minimums
    • Circling Approach Minimums
  • Strengthen Runway 18/36 to 50,000-pound pavement strength – (Planned for 2021- 2025)
  • Light Runway 18/36 with Medium Intensity Runway Lights (MIRL) – (Planned for 2021- 2025)
  • Install Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPIs) and Runway End Indicator Lights (REILs) on both ends of Runway 18/36. Remove FAA-owned Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI) on Runway end 18 – (Planned for 2021-2025)
  • Construct turnaround at Runway end 36, including Medium Intensity Taxiway Lights (MITL) – (Planned for 2021-2025)
  • Install Medium Intensity Taxiway Lights (MITL) on connecting and parallel taxiways – (Planned for 2021-2025)
  • Close a section of Indian Road from the airport entrance road to the airport’s west property line. (Bourbon County Commission’s resolution regarding road closure included in Appendix L)– (Planned for 2021-2025)
  • Remove and top trees that are hazards and/or obstructions according to FAR Part 77 and to meet standards for C-II aircraft – (Planned for 2021-2025) • Install and relocate fence – (Planned for 2021-2025) • Construct drainage improvements and stream meander on airport property
  • Obtain land and/or easements for Runway 18/36 Runway Protection Zone (RPZ), Runway Object Free Area (ROFA), and Building Restriction Line (BRL) (164.5 acres in fee, 8.5 acres easement). No homes or businesses will be affected. No relocations will be needed.
    • Planned for 2018-2022 – 92 acres fee
    • Planned for 2023-2028 – 72.5 acres fee and 8.5 acres easement

This Proposed Action is included in the Sponsor’s latest Airport Layout Plan (ALP), which was approved by FAA on November 25, 2019. 

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Notice of Public Hearing and Notice of Availability for Public Comment for Proposed Improvements at Fort Scott Municipal Airport, Fort Scott, Kansas

The City of Fort Scott intends to undertake the following proposed actions at Fort Scott Municipal Airport 

  • Purchase 120 acres of land in fee title for the improvements
  • Construct a new runway 18-36, 5,000 feet x 100 feet
  • Install NAVAIDS for the new runway including Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPIs) and Runway End Identifier Lights (REILs)
  • Remove obstructions such as buildings and trees
  • Extend and widen Runway 18/36 to 6,400 feet by 100 feet
  • Implement new non-precision instrument approach procedures 
  • Strengthen Runway 18/36 to 50,000-pound pavement strength
  • Light Runway 18/36 
  • Install Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPIs) and Runway End Indicator Lights (REILs) 
  • Construct turnaround at Runway end 36
  • Install Medium Intensity Taxiway Lights (MITL) 
  • Close a section of Indian Road 
  • Remove and top trees that are hazards and/or obstructions
  • Install and relocate fence 
  • Construct drainage improvements 
  • Obtain land and/or easements (164.5 acres in fee and 8.5 acres easement)

We are providing notice of a public hearing where we will address the proposed actions potential economic, social, and environmental impacts.  In addition, we will address the project’s consistency with the goals and objectives of the affected area’s land use or planning strategy.  

The Public Hearing will be held at the following time and place:

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 5p.m.

Building Name City Hall, Commission Room

Street Address 123 S Main Street

Fort Scott, KS

Potentially affected environmental resources include: wetlands; waters (of the U.S.); endangered species; farmlands; solid waste and pollution prevention; natural resources; and socioeconomic

The draft environmental assessment (EA) describing the proposed actions impacts will be available for public review until September 23, 2020.   The draft EA may be viewed at City Hall, 123 S. Main

Fort Scott, KS and at the following website: A hard copy or USB flash drive of the EA may be mailed upon request.  Those wishing to provide comments must do so by email or letter to the address below no later than September 25, 2020. 

Diane Clay, City Clerk

City of Fort Scott

123 S. Main

Fort Scott, KS 66701


Scott Tener

Federal Aviation Administration, ACE-611F

901 Locust St.

Kansas City, MO 64106-2325

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment –including your personal identifying information–may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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