Flagler Executive Airport is flying high as the Florida Department of Transportation presented it with the 2023 General Aviation Project of the Year award during the recent Florida Airports Council Annual Conference and Exposition. The Flagler County, Fla., airport received the award for the relocation of the electrical vault and rehabilitation of runway 6-24.
“One of most enjoyable duties I have is improving the infrastructure of the airport,” said Airport Director Roy Sieger, who received the award in person during its presentation at the statewide Continuing Florida Aviation System Planning Process (CFASPP) steering committee meeting held in conjunction with the conference. “I love the whole process from designing the project, securing the funding, and ultimately constructing and bringing the project to fruition.”
Flagler Executive Airport was selected out of eight submissions from other General Aviation airports throughout the state. To be considered, the project must demonstrate exceptional professional skills and represent a significant contribution to airport development, sustainability, efficiency, capacity, and/or safety.
The project rehabilitated the entire Runway 06-24 pavement (length of 5,000 feet and a width of 100 feet). The cost was $8.75 million, and it was totally funded the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and FDOT with no cost to the Airport or taxpayers.
“The new pavement strength supports a minimum 75,000-pound weight capacity for aircraft with dual wheel type landing gear,” Sieger said. “A major project component was the relocation of the existing airfield electrical vault from the north side of the airfield to the southeast side near the air traffic control tower and rerouting all the airfield homeruns to the new vault location.”
The project also included new LED runway/taxiway edge lighting, airfield signage, pavement markings, and navigational aids for the entire project.
“This is the third FDOT General Aviation Airport Project of the Year award that the Flagler Executive Airport has received under Airport Director Roy Sieger’s leadership,” said County Administrator Heidi Petito. “The airport has also received the FAA General Aviation Airport Safety Award during this period. Congratulations to Roy and his team.”