The regular meeting of the Chesapeake Airport Authority was held on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., at the Chesapeake Regional Airport, Chesapeake, Virginia.
CALL TO ORDER
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
INTRODUCTION TO NEW MEMBER
A motion was made and passed unanimously to accept the minutes from the meeting of June 2016 as previously circulated.
Mr. Chris Schrantz reviewed the invoices for the month: Pender & Coward $1,073.25 (RPZ Rwy 5); Dixon Hughes Goodman $2,500.00 (Audit Billing); VSC Fire Security $2,325.00 (Annual Fee); Branscome $40,261.80 (Payroll Request); and Talbert & Bright $6,273.68 (AIP6-18).
Operating Invoices over $1,000 covered by the annual check signing resolution or previously approved and paid in 2016 included: Branscome, LLC $83,115.01 (NTA 6-20 Pay Request 1); Talbert & Bright $39,487.21 (NTA 6-20), $5,690.49 (AIP6-19 Environmental Assessment); Campbell Oil $1,060.00 (Filters); Clerk, City of Chesapeake $105,000 (Property Settlement); and Pender & Coward $10,794.25 (RPZ Rwy 5). A motion was made, seconded and passed to pay the invoices over $1,000 for the June/July 2016.
ADOPTING POLICY GOVERNING USE OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS
CHESAPEAKE AIRPORT AUTHORITY
WHEREAS, the Chesapeake Airport Authority (the “Authority”) is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia which owns and operates the Chesapeake Regional Airport (the “Airport”); and
WHEREAS, the Authority desires to provide for the safe and efficient operations of all aircraft arriving to and departing from the Airport; and
WHEREAS, the Airport is a general aviation reliever class airport, and desires to attract and maintain a corporate customer base, including but not limited to, executive transport aircraft; and
WHEREAS, the Federal Aviation Administration (the “FAA”) issued regulations governing both the routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems, commonly referred to as “drones,” as well as special rules regulating the recreational or hobby use of model aircraft, including drones; and
WHEREAS, these regulations are designed to minimize the risks associated with the use of drones to other aircraft as well as people and property on the ground; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chesapeake adopted an ordinance creating airport safety zones to prevent the creation of obstructions, including “mobile objects,” that have the potential for endangering the lives and property of users of the airports in the City and the property or occupants of land in their vicinity, and which ordinance provides that it is necessary in the interest of public health, safety and general welfare that the creation or establishment of obstructions that are hazards to air navigation be prevented; and
WHEREAS, the Authority intends to seek enforcement of the FAA regulations and the City ordinance applicable to drones to the maximum extent of the law; and
WHEREAS, the Authority recognizes the potential safety hazards and unacceptable risks to aircraft arriving to and departing from the Airport resulting from the use of drones within the airspace at and around the Airport, even when operated in accordance with the FAA’s regulations and the City of Chesapeake ordinance; and
WHEREAS, the Authority also recognizes that allowing the unfettered use of drones at and around the Airport conflicts with the Authority’s desire to attract and retain corporate, charter and owner operated aircraft to the Airport.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Authority hereby adopts the following policy governing the use of drones at and around the Airport:
The Authority prohibits the operation, use and flight of all unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, on, from and over the property of the Airport, and the Authority discourages the operation, use and flight of all unmanned aircraft systems within two (2) miles of the property of the Airport.
THIS RESOLUTION ADOPTED by the Board of Commissioners of the Chesapeake Airport Authority at a duly called meeting on ____________, 2016.
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The members discussed the resolution. Mr. Cowling asked if there is a motion to with an amendment that it is two nautical miles of the center of the airport property. A motion was made to adopt the resolution with adoption of the suggested amendment, seconded and passed 7 to 1 with Mr. Brian Miller opposed.
TALBERT & BRIGHT REPORT Submitted by Talbert & Bright
North Terminal Area Apron Phase I & II
Mr. Brian Miller stated that he is disappointed about the outcome of the drone vote.
The minutes are summary in nature and are not intended to be an exact transcript of the proceedings. The Authority maintains an audiotape of the meeting.