Airport master plans are fluid documents that are to be updated periodically as factors such as activity levels, aviation trends, levels of demand, or airport tenants and users change. Master Plans should be reevaluated and updated as necessary to provide an airport with an effective planning document that adequately guides future development decisions.
SHD’s current Master Plan has guided the development of both air and landside facilities for the past twenty-five years and was last updated with an Airport Layout Plan Update in 1999. Since its adoption, SHD has experienced significant changes in operations and activity. Plus, the Commission, in conjunction with FAA and DOAV, has completed a host of safety, capacity, and preservation projects as recommended in the 1999 Plan including extension of the Runway 5 Safety Area, construction of the general aviation terminal building, expansion of the public automobile parking area, and access road realignment and enhancement. FAA design criteria have been updated and revised during this period as well. Collectively, these factors, coupled with the Commission’s desire to chart a course for the future of SHD, point to the need for a new study to be prepared at this time.
2014 SHD Airport Master Plan Update Goals & Objectives
The Commission has established the following focus areas, goals, and objectives for its 2014 SHD Master Plan Update:
Airfield & Airspace
Evaluate the existing Airfield Geometrics to determine their capability to accommodate the most demanding class of aircraft operating at SHD
Address the alignment of SHD’s parallel taxiway at the Runway 5 end to make it consistent with FAA Airport Design Standards
Evaluate the alignment/layout of all connector taxiways
Conduct a Runway Length Analysis to examine the justification and rationale for a future runway extension
Evaluate enhancements to SHD Airspace including:
Adequacy of the current ground radio communications coverage
The feasibility of installing additional navigational aids to further enhance safety and SHD’s capability to operate in all weather conditions
Study the potential for lower approach visibility minimums
Commercial Passenger Terminal Facilities
Evaluate the existing separation between G.A. and airline terminal areas and weigh potential conflicts between these uses – determine the need to relocate or create greater capacity for each use
Evaluate the requirements for additional terminal building facilities/amenities against aviation forecasts, TSA requirements, and Commission goals.
General Aviation Facilities
Review the capacity/layout of the existing t-hangar/corporate hangar area to accommodate future growth
Evaluate the impact of Specialty Operators with emphasis placed on aircraft operations from Bridgewater Airpark and demand for hangar/aircraft apron parking
Evaluate the requirements for additional terminal building facilities/amenities against aviation forecasts and Commission goals.
Evaluate opportunities to provide a dedicated Air Cargo Operations Area
Consider the potential relocation of the existing Fuel Farm to accommodate any required expansion of general aviation aircraft parking or hangar requirements
Evaluate potential on-airport sites for construction of an ARFF Training Area.
Access, Circulation, and Parking
Analyze current SHD Wayfinding elements with emphasis on the Route 256, Route 711 corridor and on-airport system.
Consider recommendations from the Virginia Air Transportation System Plan and/or Virginia Navaid Study for the planned development at SHD if justified through this study
Evaluate the land use within each Runway Protection Zone
Conduct a land use analysis of on-airport property regarding the best location for the possible installation of a solar farm; evaluate SHD’s ability to implement other sustainability practices and plans.