FAA and Airport Operations
In January of 2008 Boise Airport broke ground on a new Federal
Aviation Air Traffic Control Tower. Construction was completed in
2010; it will house both TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach
Control) and STARS (Standard Terminal Automation Replacement
System). The new tower will be instrumental in accommodating future
growth, improvingBoise's potential to become a major regional or
national air freight center and spurring additional economic growth
in the region. It will also allow the Airport's third runway,
currently used as an assault runway, to become a full-fledged
take-off and landing strip available for commercial and general
The $12.8 million, 268-foot tower is expected to be commissioned
for use in 2013 and feature state-of-the-art technology. The
current air traffic control tower is 65 feet tall and 40 years old.
The new air traffic control tower will be the tallest structure in
Idaho and located on the south side of the airfield, with the
advantage of unobstructed line of sight to both runways and the
Boise Airport (BOI) has two parallel runways, 10R/28L and 10L/28R.
The primary instrument runway, Runway 10R/28L is 9,763 feet long
and 150-feet wide. In 2007, the runway was upgraded to a
Category III Instrument Landing System with minimums to 600 feet.
This gives BOI one of the safest and efficient landing systems
in the nation...not just for an airport its size. This system has
attracted international attention as BOI has hosted contingents
from the Chinese Aviation Administration, investigating similar
programs for its regional airports.
Runway 10L/28R is 10,000 feet long and 150 feet wide. It was
repaved in 2008. The assault strip is 90' x 5000'. It was
constructed in 1999 using Department of Defense funding for C-130
training. Currently, its use is restricted to military aircraft for
training exercises. With the opening of the new Air Traffic Control
Tower, the attack strip will be available for limited General
Aviation use. In the future, the airport plans to increase the
width and length of the strip and provide a connecting taxiway to
the main airfield.