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Skyhaven Airport Master Plan Update

Skyhaven Airport (FAA three-letter designation is DAW) is located in the City of Rochester and is owned by the State of New Hampshire. A brief overview of the Skyhaven Airport (as of Summer 2008) includes:

  • Approximately 195 acres
  • Airport Role: General Aviation (no airline service)
  • Average number of aircraft takeoffs and landings per day = 46 (estimated)
  • Number of based aircraft = 94 total, 90 of which are single-engine piston airplanes
  • Radio communication and navigation: Yes
  • Terminal Building: Yes
  • Air Traffic Control Tower: No

The previous Master Plan for Skyhaven Airport was completed in 2001. Since that time, a number of projects have been completed at the airport, including replacement of obstruction lights and poles, installation of fencing, an environmental assessment (EA), a wetlands mitigation agreement with environmental agencies, and the parallel taxiway was realigned and extended in 2008.

The preparation of a new Airport Master Plan Update for Skyhaven has begun. Both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) are participating in the funding of the study.

At this Web site, you will find the latest information on the Airport Master Plan Update study and its findings, including dates of public meetings and links to draft and final documents as they become available.

What is an Airport Master Plan?

An airport master plan provides a road map for efficiently meeting existing and future aviation demand while preserving the flexibility necessary to respond to changing industry conditions. The specific issues to be addressed by this airport master plan update include the following:

  • Re-examine aircraft activity levels and future trends at Skyhaven Airport, including corporate aviation traffic.
  • Analyze the need and ability for a runway extension.
  • If a runway extension is warranted based on aviation demand, examine which end of the runway should be extended, and by how much.
  • Analyze the benefits of a vertically guided instrument approach to Skyhaven Airport, in addition to the ones presently in place.
  • Updated airport wetlands mapping, and analyze potential impacts from a possible runway extension.
  • Update the existing Stormwater Pollution Prevention Permit (SWPPP).

The definition of a successful master plan includes the following characteristics:

  • Financially feasible - the phasing of the plan's capital projects should be aligned with identified need and the ability to secure available funding
  • Environmentally compatible - the plan should minimize potential environmental impacts
  • Balanced - the plan should maintain a balance between airport development needs and community impacts
  • Technically sound - the plan should comply with federal, state, and local requirements and it should be able to be constructed efficiently and cost effectively
  • Responsive - the plan should address the physical and operational needs of stakeholders
  • Flexible - the plan should consider changes in industry dynamics which will enable Skyhaven Airport to be responsive and prosperous

The Airport Master Plan process provides a guide for the future. The future plan is just that; a plan, and will only be implemented as warranted by actual activity. The recommendations contained in a master plan are contingent upon further environmental study and must be financially feasible.

Airport Master Plan Components
The airport master plan update process is guided by the FAA and ultimately results in projections of future growth, documented justification for airport improvements, and preparation of an Airport Layout Plan (ALP). An ALP is a graphic representation of the proposed future airport development.

Public Involvement
The Airport Master Plan Update for Skyhaven Airport also has a public involvement process that will keep all public, stakeholder, and agency entities apprised of the study's progress and provide an opportunity for input and a vehicle for questions/comments.

How Can I Participate/Comment?

Public Workshops - General Information
The master plan process is designed as an inclusive process that encourages citizen participation. There will be public workshops held throughout the course of the Skyhaven's Airport Master Plan Update to provide the public the opportunity to comment on the study and its findings.

In the section below, links will be provided as they are prepared for the public to review and comment using

The public will also have the opportunity to make written comments regarding each study and its findings. All of the comments received from the workshops will be reviewed by the NHDOT and the consultant team and incorporated into the process.

Location and Dates
The public workshops will be held at key milestones during the study process. The Web site will be updated as the locations, dates and times are determined for the Public Workshops.

More …

Airport Master Plan Update - Scope of Work/Study Plan 2008

Airport Master Plan Update Technical Report - 2008/2009

Cover and Table of Contents
Executive Summary
Inventory, Existing Airport Layout Plan, Existing Terminal Layout Plan
Forecasts of Aviation Activity
Facility Requirements
Environmental Conditions
Airport Layout Plan
Capital Improvement Plan

Airport Layout Plan - 2001

Public Workshops - Meeting Notices, Dates and Locations
Public Meeting Notes

New Hampshire Department of Transportation
PO Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03302-0483
Tel: 603.271-3734 | Fax: 603.271.3914

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