The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends that airports update their long‐term planning documents every seven to 10 years, or as necessary to address local changes at the airport. The Skagit Regional Airport (KBVS) Master Plan Study is being undertaken to evaluate the airport’s capabilities and role, to forecast future aviation demand, and to plan for the timely development of new or expanded facilities that may be required to meet that demand. The ultimate goal of the Master Plan is to provide systematic guidelines for the airport’s overall maintenance, development, and operation.
The purpose of land use planning within an airport environs is to protect the airport from encroachment of incompatible land uses. Airports are unique facilities in that they occupy large parcels of land, have unique siting requirements, produce noise, and generate complex safety concerns all of which impact neighboring communities. Because of their unique characteristics, airports cannot be easily relocated. Airports are also essential public facilities that provide the community with business opportunities and general aviation services. The goal of land use compatibility planning is to maintain long-term compatibility between neighboring land uses and to preserve the airport.
This Land Use Compatibility Study, produced in 2000, evaluates three issues that could threaten the ability of Skagit Regional Airport to provide general aviation services:
The safety of pilots in flight
The safety of the general public on the ground
Adverse impacts to the surrounding area generated by engine noise
Skagit Regional Airport is a public asset that helps generate economic development opportunities that lead to business growth and good jobs for our community. This is accomplished by recruiting and building partnerships with businesses looking to start, relocate or expand their operations on Port property.
The Port of Skagit has several projects underway at our four enterprises, including some at Skagit Regional Airport.
The largest development project at Skagit Regional Airport continues to move forward on Lot 72, which will include large box hangars and expanded apron space. The Port of Skagit received $2.5-million in supplemental discretionary AIP funding in 2019 from the FAA to support the expansion of the apron, and another $2.5-million in AIP discretionary funds in 2020 to complete the apron construction project. This project is located just southeast of Corporate Air Center off Runway 11-29.
Dyberg Aviation Hangar Development
A private hangar development project is underway near Runway 04-22. The hangar project is the vision of Mike Dyberg of Dyberg Aviation and will consist of two separate buildings each housing 10 new T-hangars. The 04-22 side of the airfield focusses on hangars and services for smaller aircraft in the Skagit Regional Airport Master Plan.
Systima is an engineering, development and research company specializing in military and aerospace components, systems and systems integration. Systima is headquartered in Kirkland, WA and is expanding to Skagit County, building a 7,000 s.f. facility at the Port of Skagit to expand operations and workforce to support U.S. Defense and Hypersonic Programs.