By FAA definition, an Airport Master Plan is a comprehensive study of an airport and usually describes the short-, medium- and long-term development plans to meet future aviation demand.

What this means is that it is a road map for how the aviation demands of the community can be met into the future with sufficient flexibility to allow for each different element of aviation to flourish at the airport as much as possible without impeding other growth.

For SPF there were several upcoming needs identified by the FAA and City that require planning before such projects can proceed to assure the airport is appropriately sized for land area and runway width/length to meet future demand.

The project is being funded primarily through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program.  Through this program, the FAA contributes 90% of funding to the project and the State of South Dakota contributes 5% while the City of Spearfish contributes 5%.  The FAA and state funding is all derived from various aviation user fees and is not from general tax dollars.

For each project, a Master Plan Advisory Committee is assembled to provide input and feedback through the process.  The committee consists of community representatives, airport users, the FAA and State who contribute their time to assure the future facilities and needs of Black Hills Airport-Clyde Ice Field will effectively serve the aviation demand into the future.

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