Joslin Field, Magic Valley Regional Airport

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Master Plan Update all about?

The primary objective of the TWF Master Plan Update is to produce a long-term development program which will yield a safe, efficient, economical, and environmentally compliant facility serving the air transportation needs of the Magic Valley communities and surrounding area.  The study covers a 20-year planning period through 2030.
The Master Plan Update study follows a defined process consisting of several interrelated components, including an inventory of existing conditions, an aviation demand forecast, facility requirements analysis, development and selection of alternatives, implementation costs and phasing, environmental considerations, a financial feasibility analysis, final report documentation, and development of an Airport Layout Plan (ALP).  The Master Plan study process is recorded in a written Airport Master Plan document.

Why is the Airport updating its master plan?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends airport master plans to be updated every five years or as necessary to keep them current.  TWF’s master plan was last updated in 2003.  Since that study, the Airport has completed several projects and the aviation industry has undergone major changes.  Therefore, an update of the master plan has been 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.

Who is conducting the Master Plan Update?

The Airport has hired a consulting team led by Ricondo & Associates, Inc., a full-service aviation consulting company specializing in airport planning in support of airport owners and operators, airlines, and federal and state agencies.  Since its inception in 1989, Ricondo & Associates, Inc. has been dedicated to solving the challenging problems facing the airport and airline industries.  Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the company is owned and operated by its senior officers and has no other business interest except airport and aviation planning.  The company employs nearly 100 full-time staff, including more than 80 professional aviation consultants.

The team also includes Riedesel Engineering, Inc., an Idaho corporation, that has provided high quality consulting engineering and related services including planning, design, contract administration, and construction management since 1984.  Riedesel Engineering, Inc., maintains a competent staff of over 35 engineers, planners and technicians to efficiently and effectively complete projects.  Riedesel Engineering, Inc. is headquartered in Twin Falls, Idaho and has served Joslin Field, Magic Valley Regional Airport for over 25 years.

Rounding out the consulting team is North Wind, Inc., a women-owned business certified by the Small Business Administration as an 8(a) contractor.  Incorporated in 1997 as an engineering and environmental consulting firm, North Wind, Inc. has grown to an award-winning business with approximately 350 engineers, scientists, construction personnel, and other professionals who provide a broad range of environmental and engineering services.  Headquartered in Idaho Falls, Idaho, North Wind, Inc. maintains 19 offices nationwide.

The Master Plan Update is conducted through close coordination with Airport management, stakeholders, and the FAA, along with input from the general public.

How can I be involved in the Master Plan Update?

Stakeholder involvement and public input are key elements throughout the master plan process.  Public workshops are planned at various times throughout the study, offering the public an opportunity to learn more about the study and to provide input.  The Public Workshops page provides information about public workshops and other meetings pertaining to the master plan update.

In addition to public workshops, the public is encouraged to provide comments at any time through the Comments page.

How long will it take to complete the Master Plan Update?

It is anticipated that the update to the master plan will be completed in summer 2011.

Who is paying for the Master Plan Update

The FAA is funding 95% of the this Master Plan Update through its Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant program.

How are projects recommended in the Master Plan Update funded?

A variety of funding sources are available for airport development projects.  For an airport the size of TWF, federal grants through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP) will be the primary funding source for projects detailed in the Master Plan Update.  Under AIP, the FAA will fund up to 95% of eligible project costs, with the remaining 5% coming through a local match provided by the Airport sponsor.  State grants through the Idaho Transportation Department may also be used for funding of eligible projects.  In addition, the FAA allows the collection of Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) fees up to $4.50 for every enplaned passenger at the Airport.  The Airport can use these fees to fund FAA-approved projects that preserve or enhance safety, security, or capacity; reduce noise; or increase air carrier competition.  Local funds make up the difference between the total development costs and the sum of federal and State funds.  Local funding sources may include retained revenues of the Airport, City/County funds from the general fund, PFCs, or proceeds from the issuance of bonds.

The Master Plan Update will include a financial analysis and funding plan for proposed development projects identified in the study.

Are additional studies needed before recommended projects are implemented?

Yes.  Each individual project (or group of projects) recommended in the Master Plan Update must undergo various environmental processing requirements pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).  The level of environmental study required is based on the nature of the proposed project or action.  The NEPA process considers potential environmental impacts of a proposed project or action and provides additional opportunities for public review and comment.