Airport Improvements

Current Projects


Master Plan Update


An update of the Pierce County Airport-Thun Field master plan is currently underway.

Hangar Roof Replacement


The roof will be replaced on Pierce County-owned buildings located along row 2 (hangars 11-20) and row 5 (hangars 41-50), including the storage units. Cadence Construction, Inc. will replace the roofing material, improve the drainage and replace the fascia boards. Construction could begin as early as Monday, Sept. 17 and as late as November 1. It could finish as early as Oct. 7 and as late as Nov. 30. Once construction begins, the contractor will have four weeks to complete the work. All aircraft will need to be out of the buildings during the work. 

Future Projects


Obstruction Survey


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 2017-18. 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.

Completed Projects


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.

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.

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 2016 and will last 18 months. Learn more.

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