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Thun Field (PLU)
Replace AWOS Computer System
The Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) at Thun Field was out of service. The computer system had failed and a new system has been installed.
We sealed pavement cracks and replaced signage and markings between Sept. 14 and Sept. 18.
Wildlife Hazard Assessment
The Wildlife Hazard Assessment will identify wildlife species and their numbers, locations, local movements, and daily and seasonal occurrences. The Assessment will also identify and locate features on or near the airport that attract wildlife, describe wildlife hazards to aircraft operations, and recommend actions for reducing wildlife hazards to airport operations.
Starting Aug. 1, 2016 crews will install new wiring and replace runway edge light lamps and associated light transformers at Thun Field. Crews will also include install new runway end identifier lights (REIL) on both Runway 17 and 35, refurbish the lighting on the existing wind tee, and replace the constant current regulator for the airfield lighting system. Night-time runway closures are planned.
Aircraft Operations Study
The study utilizes a wireless infrared camera system to captured aircraft takeoffs and landings. The traffic count data will be used during the upcoming master plan update to help Pierce County and the airport community plan for the future of the airport. The study started in April and will last 18 months.
This project includes reconstructing the roof and door infrastructures and installing new electrical in the five County owned hangars. The plans also include constructing one new hangar facility. Pierce County is currently in the preliminary design and environmental permitting process. Construction is anticipated to take place in 2016.
Airport Master Plan
Pierce County Airport Thun Field Master Plan
, last updated in 1999, is scheduled for its next update in 2016-17. The plan will provide an updated strategy for the development of the airport over the next 5, 10, and 20 years and beyond.
The last obstruction survey was conducted in 2003 at Thun Field. An obstruction survey is currently planned as part of the master plan update in 2016-17. Airport obstruction surveys enhance the safety of the National Airspace System by identifying objects that could potentially pose hazards to aircraft on takeoff and landing.
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