City of Lawrence


Aviation Advisory Board

Minutes from Thurs., July 20, 2000 Board Meeting


Board Members Present:

Rick Bryant, Chair                 Les Catlin

Dave Downing                      


June Minutes were not approved due to lack of quorum.


Airport Update:

Debbie Van Saun, Airport Manager, submitted a written update to board members.


Lloyd Hetrick Update

·        Hetrick Aircraft still attempting to remedy leaking roof of new hangar with city.

·        Lloyd indicated an opportunity of attending NASCAR Pepsi 400 in Michigan August 19-20 to view operations of Jackson, MI community airport. This facility closely mirrors Lawrence in scope. Discussion about a group attending from Lawrence and cost sharing possibilities. Interested parties to coordinate with Lloyd later.


Regular Agenda


Summer Chamber Mixer

Bryant shared with Board the success of the Chamber Mixer held the previous night at the airport. Attendance was estimated at 200. More than 50 airplane and 15 helicopter rides were provided to Chamber members, thanks to volunteer pilots Dale Willey, Bob Newton, and Capt. Al Stuber’s flying group. Airport received great PR and positive feedback from the business community. Discussion continued on probability of hosting mixer every other year based on funding availability.




SkyDive Kansas

Board received presentation from Jim Sharp, President, SkyDive Kansas, about prospects of basing his operation at LWC. A 10-Chapter Presentation binder was presented to each board member for their review of his operation.


After receiving presentation, board members asked questions of Mr. Sharp and presented a future view of LWC’s growth and scope with regards to SkyDive’s compatibility.


Due to lack of quorum, the board promised to review and discuss request at next meeting. A recommendation will be developed for Mr. Sharp. The airport consultant, Airport Development Group, offered to assist with review of FAA guidelines and operational guidelines developed for other airports.


NASCAR Operational Review

The board discussed the review process concept from June’s meeting and agreed to wait on further discussions until the August 19 race in Michigan. Dave Downing mentioned that he looked into the availability of meeting space on the KU campus for the board’s public meeting. An October public forum was agreed upon based on the prospects of new info from Michigan and the NBAA Convention in New Orleans in early October.



Misc. Business:

1.      Set August meeting for Thursday, August 24 at 6:30 p.m.

2.      Bryant shared with board a meeting with FAA that afternoon on the Union Pacific Railroad concept. The meeting was attended by Bryant; Jim Sirhall, ADG; Jim Terry, UP RR; and FAA staff. The one-hour meeting was received favorably sby FAA staff, after the initial presentation of the concept and benefits for both parties. FAA instructed both parties to continue their review of safety issues, operational parameters and other related issues, then present detailed ALPs and other supporting documents for further review.



Meeting adjourned moved by Bryant.