The Friedman Memorial Airport Authority is committed to providing the Wood River Valley, surrounding communities and traveling public a safe, reliable and friendly aviation facility. The protection of life and property in the community as well as that of the aviation public is paramount. Teamwork, cooperation and effective application are the mechanisms of our service.
Blaine County Airport Strategic Plan 2012
In an effort to communicate effectively with all stakeholders involved with the airport project, the Board of County Commissioners has developed a strategy map to articulate steps necessary for a successful airport project. This document presents:
Hailey Guiding Principles Resolution 2012
A resolution of the Hailey City Council adopting guiding principles for the operation and relocation and discontinuation of the Friedman Memorial Airport.
Friedman Memorial Airport has been in existence since shortly after the Wright Brothers flew the first manned aircraft 100 years ago. There is photo documentation of the site presently known as Friedman Memorial Airport being utilized for aviation as early as 1916. The original airport was officially recognized as such in 1932 after much of the land upon which it is located was donated to the City of Hailey in 1931 by the Friedman Family. Since then, the Airport expanded and grew conservatively through investment by Blaine County, State and FAA Grant funding. On August 1, 1960, the Airport experienced the advent of commercial, scheduled passenger service with the arrival of West Coast Airlines. Since then, several other scheduled air carriers and numerous other commercial aviation ventures have thrived serving Hailey, the Wood River Valley and Central Idaho. The Friedman Memorial Airport Authority and Airport Staff have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the community through support of and participation in a variety of interest areas. These areas include but are not limited to:
The Friedman Memorial Airport Authority was formed in 1994, replacing the Blaine County Airport Commission. The present Authority is an extremely dedicated group of community leaders.