Chris Pomeroy, Airport Manager
Friedman Memorial Airport
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friedman Memorial Airport to explore land acquisition
Additional 385 acres would protect airport approach and departure areas and ensure land use compatibility
HAILEY, ID – June 1, 2020—The Friedman Memorial Airport Authority Board (FMAA) in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), today, announced the intention to explore the purchase of approximately 385 acres of undeveloped land to protect existing airport approach and departure areas and help ensure future land use compatibility for both airport users and the community. This project is expected to be funded by a grant from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program.
The property, located south of the airport, and west of Highway 75, extending down to the city limits of Bellevue, is part of the Eccles Flying Hat Ranch.
“We are in the initial phase of the project,” said Jacob Greenberg, Chairman of the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority Board. “This is an extremely big undertaking and we want to make sure we consider all aspects, have complete transparency, and give due consideration to the needs of the airport, its users, visitors and importantly, the community.”
Airport officials emphasize that the airport is not looking to purchase land for expansion, but rather for the purpose of preserving approach and departure areas for the airport by protecting the land, in its current condition.
“We are not looking to expand the runway,” said Greenberg. “In fact, the specific purpose and need in the Environmental Assessment will make that perfectly clear. The airport, based on a mutual decision and in partnership with the FAA, hopes to preserve the property as it is, and prevent the potential future introduction of safety hazards and incompatible land use”. He further added, “This is an important point to emphasize and is supported by the City of Hailey council members, appointed FMAA Board members, as well as the Blaine County Commissioners.”