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July 2019
Caldwell Industrial Airport
 Hubler Terminal
4814 E. Linden Street
Caldwell, Idaho 83605 
Airport Manager Rob Oates
(208) 459-9779  
Fax: (208) 453-1370
PAPI Lights Electrical Repair Work Continues

For these first few days of July, our work crews will be replacing some conduit segments that have become unusable over time. Unfortunately, this involves digging a new trench under Taxiway Connector H between Taxiways A & C (the rest of “H” extends to the Skydown Hangar). That short segment is closed until the work is complete and the asphalt is patched. If all goes well, it should re-open sometime Tuesday afternoon. Check NOTAMs for closure details.

Again, “if all goes well”, the PAPI light system will, hopefully, be back in normal operation by the end of Wednesday.

Airport Mowing

Besides keeping an eye out for the electrical work noted above, we are partway through another session of mowing. Please use caution when taxiing near any of the work crews.

Runway and Taxiway A Markings Rescheduled

As I write this on July 1, the weather looks good for our contractor to return to the field to apply the final markings to our runway and Taxiway A on the nights of Sunday, July 7, and Monday, July 8. The NOTAM will reflect the closure window of 8:00 pm until 6:00 am MDT each night.


FAA Engineer July EUL Visit

Our FAA engineer from the FAA Helena Airports District Office will be visiting EUL the afternoon of Wednesday, July 10.

The US Congress & President provide funds to the FAA to administer the “Airport Improvement Program” that assists airports (like EUL) with federal grant funding that pays for (usually) 90% of a project like last year’s ( > $2M) EUL Runway 12/30 Rehabilitation. Among other things, Congress requires the FAA Airports District Office engineers to visit “their” airports at least once every four years to insure that the grant funds are being used appropriately and that we (EUL) are complying with FAA safety standards and aeronautical use requirements, among other things.

[MORE] Safety on and around the airport

Comments on this item from the May Airport News included: “…thanks for highlighting safety;” and, “… what you’ve said is correct, but there’s a bit more to the issue.” And there is:

Several years have passed since I was an operation pilot and I overlooked mentioning “Operation Lights On” – a voluntary pilot safety program described in the AIM, paragraph 4-3-23. Broadly, it covers using your anti-collision lights/strobes at all times and turning on your landing light(s) on your take-off roll, anytime when below 10,000, and especially when within 10 miles of an airport.

More specific FAA guidance on “Non-Towered Airport Flight Operations” is available in Advisory Circular No. 90-66B, dated 3/13/18 available at this link:

Taxiway Object Free Area

Most EUL hangars are built to (very near) the line marking the required Taxiway Object Free Area. The area between hangar “faces” and the taxiway/taxi lane centerline is supposed to be “OBJECT FREE” to permit safe taxiing, protect aircraft wing tips, and protect fixed facilities. Our policies do permit temporary vehicle parking by a hangar, but the vehicle MUST be parked parallel to the hangar door to retain as much of the Object Free Area as possible. The preferred location for your vehicle is IN the hangar.

As our mix of aircraft changes, the importance of the Taxiway Object Free Area ramps up dramatically. While an improperly parked car/truck/SUV might be a minor annoyance to a 4-seat piston single, it could literally stop-the-show for other aircraft like a Pilatus PC-12, various warbirds, light & big ‘twins’ (like the Beech King Air), jets, and Air Tractors – to name a few. All of those larger-wing-span aircraft operate at EUL from time-to-time and many are based here. Please think safety as you park your ground vehicles.

Do people pay for using the "public tie-downs"?

YES! LOL The point that might make our tie-down a bit confusing is that EUL does not charge a daily rate for the tie-downs. Kim checks the aircraft in our tie-down area several times a month. If a particular aircraft appears in the tie-down twice during a calendar month, then the person/business listed on the FAA aircraft registry receives an invoice for the invoice for a month’s tie-down. There is no exemption for an aircraft that is usually in a hangar, but finds itself in tie-down for any of a number of reasons. With this arrangement, several “short” stays in tie-down might also result in no billing at all, depending on the timing. Luckily, for all concerned, our tie-down rates are VERY reasonable!

Next C.I.A. Commission meeting: Noon, August 1, Hubler Terminal, Small Conference Room


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