The City of Ormond Beach has completed projects to rehabilitate the pavement, electrical, and lighting systems for the primary runway and construct improvements for the public use heliport at the Ormond Beach Municipal Airport.
The runway rehabilitation project has fully reconstructed the airport’s primary runway, which is 75 feet wide and consists of 4,004 linear feet of asphaltic runway pavement. The runway reconstruction was needed because the old runway pavement was beneath the condition that FDOT considers acceptable, and was a high priority due to the criticality of this surface as the primary runway. The runway has been re-designated as Runway 9/27, because the prior designation of 8/26 was not representative of the current magnetic heading of the runway, which shifts with variations in the location of the earth’s magnetic north pole. The project also rehabilitated the Medium Intensity Runway Light System (MIRLS) for this runway.
The new Runway 9/27 was opened for normal operations on Friday, February 22. Super Petrel USA, Inc., a provider of light sport amphibian aircraft based at the airport, conducted the first flight from the new runway in their demonstration aircraft named “The City of Ormond Beach.”
The total cost of construction and construction engineering for the runway project is $2,098,528. The City received an FAA grant that provided 90% funding of the project in the amount of $1,888,675. FDOT also provided funding in the amount of $167,882. The remaining obligation from the Airport Fund for the project is $41,970 which represents approximately 2% of the total project cost.
The completed heliport improvements project represents the final phase of an endeavor to construct a public use heliport within the City. The first phase of the project consisted of construction of a concrete helipad, which was completed in 2013 as an element of the Taxiway Alpha Project.
The heliport improvements project has constructed appropriate aircraft, ground vehicle and walkway access to the helipad. The improvements allow wheeled helicopters to taxi to and from the helipad, or for helicopters to be towed to and from the helipad, and provide aircraft access via the adjacent taxiway. Public parking, access roads and walkways have been constructed to complete the development of a fully functional public use heliport facility.
The total cost of the heliport improvements project is $163,839.50. FDOT has provided funding in the amount of $131,072. The remaining obligation from the Airport Fund is approximately $32,767.
Halifax Paving, an Ormond Beach company, served as the primary contractor for both the runway and heliport projects. Halifax Paving completed both projects ahead of schedule, maintained an excellent safety record while working in the high tempo airport environment, and provided the City with superb results that will serve the needs of the airport and the National Airspace System for many years to come.