MCOA Newsletter – February 2015

February 2015
  • The Board of Directors met at the MNDOT Office of Aeronautics on Friday, February 13th. Several topics were discussed at the monthly meeting, including:  the spring conference, 2016 conference site, airport zoning, and MCOA bylaws.
Airport Zoning 
  • The zoning committee continues to meet on a monthly basis with MNDOT .  The zoning committee is headed by Tom Werner, Duluth.  His information is found on the MCOA website contact page.  The subcommittee recently conducted a phone survey with members on airport zoning.  MNDOT will be making a presentation at the conference covering the proposed statutory changes to the legislation.
MCOA Administration
  • A draft copy of the organizations bylaws was handed out to the board.  The board will be voting on the bylaws at the March meeting.
DC Trip
  • MCOA will be making a trip in partnership with MATA and MBAA to meet with the GA Caucus.  Joe Hedrick, Thief River Falls Airport, has volunteered to represent MCOA. The organizations are in the process of developing n agenda for the meetings with legislators and their staff.  The trip is scheduled for March 2-4, 2015.
Upcoming Events
  • The March 13th board meeting will be held at the MNDOT Aeronautics building located at 222 East Plato Blvd in St. Paul.  The meeting begins at 9:30 and members are always invited.
  • ANNUAL MCOA CONFERENCE.  The annual MOCA conference will be held in St. Cloud this year April 15-17.  You can register for the conference here.  Maddens in Brainerd was selected as the 2016 conference site.
FAA Update
  • Andy Peek indicated that Minnesota has the longest list of inactive open grants and closeouts that have not been processed in the states.  It is imperative that airport sponsors make timely draws (credit applications) and closeout the federal grants as soon as the project is completed.  Airports should not go longer than 12 months without submitting a credit application for open grants.  Projects should not remain open longer than three years.  Inaction could have significant financial consequences for Minnesota airports.
MNDOT Update
  • MNDOT has restructured the airport development regions the into three districts as shown in the map below:
MNDOT Regions
  •  The governor has submitted his proposed budget to the Minnesota legislature.  His recommendations for aviation can be found in the transportation portion of his proposed budget.
  • The new MNDOT airport directory will be available late March or early April.  For the first time, the new directories will contain aerial imagery of the airports.
  • MN 2050, an organization that promotes better infrastructure for Minnesotans in the 21st century, has produced a video entitled State of Repair:  Industries of Constant Motion, in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television.  This portion of the video highlights the aviation infrastructure.
  • MNDOT is planning changing the CIP meeting format in the near future.  Under the proposed changes, Part 139 airports will receive one-on-one meetings each year that would be scheduled throughout the year.  MNDOT proposes to meet with other airports once every two years.  The meetings could be held in conjunction with airport board/commission meetings.