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February 2, 2005      

Executive Releases Master Plan for County Airport

Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced the release of the Dutchess County Airport Master Plan, a final report that provides a blueprint for development at the airport over the next 20 years.

County Executive Steinhaus said, “The planned improvements for the facility will increase its safety and enhance its operational efficiency, while allowing the airport to satisfy forecasted aviation demand.  The Airport Master Plan Update has been reviewed and accepted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which funds 90% of aviation related improvements at our airport, and the Final Report is being distributed to the Dutchess County Airport Advisory Committee today.”

This Airport Master Plan Update replaces the previous study conducted in 1984. The updated plan includes a full inventory of existing facilities both airside and landside, aviation demand forecasts, capacity analysis, environmental study, alternatives to development and a financial plan for funding the proposed improvements.

No runway extensions are proposed for the airport over the 20-year planning period.  Recommendations include safety and operational efficiency enhancements, construction of two additional taxiways, additional aircraft storage facilities appropriate to the airport’s fleet mix, and a general aviation services center.

Some of the recommendations have already been implemented with financial assistance from the FAA in 2004.  These include the repaving of both runways and construction of an Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS), a state-of-the-art safety mechanism.  The EMAS will prevent planes that overshoot the main runway from entering onto Route 376.

The report looks carefully at the impacts to the County’s airport anticipated from an increase in the availability of passenger service at Stewart International Airport, the saturation of aircraft storage facilities at neighboring regional airports and the impact that Sept. 11, 2001 has had on an increase in the chartering of general aviation aircraft into the region.  Alternative development scenarios were proposed that balanced anticipated aviation demand, environmental and community impacts, operational safety and efficiency and fiscal constraints.  After significant input from the advisory committee and the public was considered, a preferred alternative was selected and an accompanying financial plan was developed and reviewed by the FAA.  The resulting Final Report, will guide development of the Dutchess County Airport into the future.

The updated master plan was formulated with significant input from a Technical Advisory Committee consisting of representatives from the FAA, NYSDOT, the Towns of Wappinger and Poughkeepsie, the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development, the Dutchess County’s EDC, Dutchess County Legislators, Airport tenants, neighbors, and users.  Public workshops were also held, prior to a final review by the FAA.

The report in its entirety is available on-line at by clicking on to County Government, Departments, Airport.


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