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We are so pleased to announce the State Aviation Board has awarded three grants for $1.5 million in ROAR Grants on April 4, 2019. ODA will accept new applications until close of business, April 26, 2019. After that, ODA will be working with our partners to evolve the program and embark on a rulemaking process. ​

​​By Mary Buell
Published April 5, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Grants of up to $500,000 were approved by the Oregon State Aviation Board for projects that will assist commercial air service to rural Oregon.

NEWPORT, OREGON – On April 4, 2019, the Oregon State Aviation Board approved funding for three grants totaling $1.5 million to assist new or additional commercial air service to Klamath Falls, Medford, and Salem.

It was the highest amount to be awarded from the Rural Oregon Aviation Relief (ROAR) program to date.

Individual grants were capped at $500,000.

ROAR is one of three grant programs in the Oregon Department of Aviation’s Aviation System Action Program (ASAP). ASAP was a result of the Oregon State Legislature passing House Bill 2075 to increase the fuel tax on Aviation Gas and Jet Fuel by 2 cents per gallon in 2015. The fuel tax increase became effective January 1, 2016 and currently has a sunset date of January 1, 2022.

Grant recipients and their funded projects are:

  • Crater Lake-Klamath Falls Regional Airport, Minimum Revenue Guarantee to restore commercial passenger service
  • Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport, Minimum Revenue Guarantee to attract additional air service
  • • Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Commercial airline service recruitment and Minimum Revenue Guarantee

For more information about ROAR Grants or to learn how to apply, please visit www.oregon.gov/aviation.

 

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ODA_News_2019.04.05_ROAR.pdfODA_News_2019.04.05_ROAR.pdf

Draft Environmental Assessment Available

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA) announce the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) for the proposed Obstruction Removal and Taxilanes Improvements Projects at the Chiloquin State Airport in Chiloquin, Klamath County, Oregon, for public review and comment. The Draft EA examines the potential environmental impacts of the proposed action to remove obstructions in the runway approach zone to ensure compliance with current FAA safety and operational standards for airports and the rehabilitation of the east side taxilanes. The project purpose would be accomplished through tree removal, landscaping, and taxilane pavement rehabilitation.

The Draft EA will be available for public review and comment beginning on March 27, 2019. Draft EA copies may be viewed during regular business hours at the following locations:

Oregon Department of Aviation
3040 25th St. SE
Salem, Oregon 97302
Seattle Airports District Office – Federal
Aviation Administration
2200 S. 216th Street
Des Moines, WA 98198 ​


The Draft EQ is also available in electronic format below:

Notice of Availability PDFNotice of Availability
Environmental Assessment (EA) of Chiloquin State Airport PDFEnvironmental Assessment (EA) of Chiloquin State Airport
AppendixAppendix

Public Comment Period

Public comment on this document is invited for a 30-day period extending from March 27, 2019, through April 26, 2019. The purpose of the Public Comment period is to allow comments on the adequacy of the Draft EA for the proposed Obstruction Removal and Taxilanes Improvements Project at the Chiloquin State Airport. To provide written comments on the Draft EA or request a public hearing, please contact:

Sean Callahan
Environmental Protection Specialist
F.A.A. – Northwest Mountain Region
Seattle Airports District Office
2200 S. 216th Street, Des Moines, WA. 98198
206-231-4143
Sean.Callahan@faa.gov
Chiloquin EA
Planning & Projects Manager
Oregon Department of Aviation
3040 25th Street SE
Salem, Oregon 97302-1125
503-378-4880
ODA.Planning@aviation.state.or.us


All comments on the Draft EA must be received by the FAA or ODA no later than 5:00 pm on April 26, 2019, to be considered. Please be advised that your entire comment, including such personal identifying information as address, phone number, and e-mail address, may be publically available at any time.

While you can ask in your comment to withhold from public review any personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The Streaked Horned Lark (SHL) is currently considered a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Streaked Horned Lark population is centered in parts of the Willamette Valley and the Northern Oregon Coast. Their habitat includes areas which are classified as sparsely vegetated grasslands for nesting such as airports. Oregon Department of Aviation's (ODA) goal is to identify and protect nesting sites yet allow for airport projects to move forward to maintain the system of airports within Oregon. ODA is closely working with both the FAA and USFWS to identify habitat locations at the various airports throughout Oregon that have been identified as potential habitat.

Streak Horned Lark and Airports.pdfStreak Horned Lark and Airports
SHL Occupancy and Abundance Protocols.pdfSHL Occupancy and Abundance Protocols
SHL Special Rules.pdfSHL Special Rules

For information, please contact Jeff Caines, Aviation Planner at Oregon Department of Aviation at (503)378-2529.​​

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