In response to audits and inspections of the PA Bureau of Aviation (BOA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), simple plans were prepared by the airport staff prior to 1987.
In 2001, the BOA / FAA gave us a $43,000 planning grant for a professionally prepared plan that would consider the future needs and uses of the airport. A contract was awarded to Kimball Engineering, a highly recognized firm in aviation engineering and planning, for this purpose.
The early stages of the planning process involved the formation of several advisory committees representing nearby residents, pilots, township and borough officials, and surrounding businessmen. A large amount of data was collected representing eastern Beaver County, western Butler County, and the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration for these demographic areas.
In 2006 a comprehensive Zelienople Airport Plan was approved by the ZAA, BOA and the FAA. Immediately applications for grants were made, approved, and applied to runway rehabilitation, aviation navigational aids, and elimination of aviation hazards.
From 2006 to 2012 aviation related improvements have been made as funds were available. Implementation of detailed plans, conforming to “The Planning Goals” described earlier were elusive because of (1) lack of funding; and (2) the lack of public water and sanitary sewage.
This literally prevented the building of facilities such as roadways, hangars and an airport infrastructure.
With almost 10 years of non-accomplishment in the areas of infrastructure, the ZAA took two actions: (1) the capital costs of replacing and expanding hangar capacity would be done through the use of private capital; and (2) the issues dealing with public water and sanitary sewers were taken to state and federal courts … with favorable decisions for the airport.
At the current time new roads, sewer and water lines, storm water facilities and hangars have been built and additions are under constructed.