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Last Updated on Oct 31 2014, 11:53 am MDT


FAA and Airport Operations

 

In January of 2008 Boise Airport broke ground on a new Federal Aviation Air Traffic Control Tower. Construction was completed inTowerWN 2010 and full activation of the new facility took place in September/October 2013; 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, improving Boise's potential to become a major regional or national air freight center and spurring additional economic growth in the region.


The $33 million, 268-foot tower went into service midnight September 15, 2013 and is expected to be formally commissioned in November 2013. The new tower features state-of-the-art technology. The previous air traffic control tower was 65 feet tall and 40 years old. The new air traffic control tower will be the tallest structure in Idaho (until the completion of the Zions Bank Building in downtown Boise) and located on the south side of the airfield, with the advantage of unobstructed line of sight to both runways and the assault runway.

 
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 visual range (RVR). This gives BOI one of the safest and efficient landing systems in the nation...not just for an airport its size.


Runway 10L/28R is 10,000 feet long and 150 feet wide. It was repaved in 2008. The assault strip (third runway) 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. In the future, the airport plans to increase the width and length of the strip and provide a connecting taxiway to the main airfield.

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