Public Invited to Public Scoping Open House on Proposed Runway Incursion Mitigation (RIM) Program and Related Improvements Project at Boise Airport
The City of Boise Department of Aviation wants your input on the initial steps of a Runway Incursion Mitigation (RIM) Program and Related Improvements Environmental Assessment (EA) at the Boise Airport.
A public scoping open house, which is scheduled for June 7, 2022, will include informational displays explaining the project and the EA process and will provide an opportunity for community members to ask questions of Airport staff and the EA team.
Join us for a public open house:
- DATE: Tuesday, June 7, 2022
- TIME: 5-7 p.m.
- LOCATION: Best Western Vista Inn at the Airport, Bitterroot Room
2645 W Airport Way, Boise, Idaho 83705
You will learn more about:
- Why the City of Boise Department of Aviation is pursuing Runway Incursion Mitigation (RIM)
- The EA process and environmental resource categories to be analyzed in the EA as outlined in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Order 1050.1F
- How the public can provide comments and how those comments will be addressed in the EA
Public comments* can be made through the following methods:
- Written comment at the open house
- Oral comment recorded by a stenographer at the open house
- Written comment via email delivered to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Written comment via US mail delivered to: Jen Hoffman at the address below
- Written comment dropped off at the Boise Airport at the address below
Boise Airport Administration
Attn: Jen Hoffman
3201 Airport Way, Suite 1000
Boise, Idaho 83705
*All public comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. MDT on Thursday, July 7, 2022
What is a Runway Incursion Mitigation (RIM)?
Runway incursions occur when the airfield geometry is such that there is risk of aircraft or vehicles in a protected area reserved for aircraft landing or taking off. Risk factors that contribute to runway incursions may include unclear taxiway markings, airport signage, and more complex issues such as the runway or taxiway layout. RIM improvements look to reconfigure runways and taxiways with simpler geometry and remove hot spots, locations on an airport movement area with a history or potential risk of collision or runway incursion.
What runway changes are being considered in the project?
- Extending Runway 28L by 1,578 feet for a total new runway length for Runway 10R/28L of 10,000 feet. This would be achieved between a combination of relocating 1,341 feet from Runway 10R to 28L and adding an additional 237 feet.
- Relocating and/or replacing navigational aids (NAVAIDs), physical devices on the ground for aircraft pilots to detect and fly to. NAVAIDs include Distance Measuring Equipment (DME), Localizer (LOC), Approach Lighting System with Sequenced Flashing Lights (ALSF-2), Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI), Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPIs), Glideslope, Runway Visual Range (RVR), Medium Intensity Approach Lighting System with Runway Alignment Indicator Lights (MALSR).
- Removing portions of Taxiways J and F.
- Constructing Taxiways B and P.
Why is the Boise Airport proposing RIM improvements?
During the 2019 Boise Airport Master Plan Update, a hot spot and nonstandard taxiway geometry were identified as contributing to the increased risk of runway incursions. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) included the Boise Airport in its official RIM program in 2018 to begin the process for mitigating those risks. Additionally, a Runway Safety Action Team for the Airport identified the Airport’s staggered runway thresholds as a potential contributor for wrong surface landings.
Public comments will be addressed in the Draft EA. If an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required by the FAA, this open house serves as part of the scoping session for the EIS.