R.A. Wiedemann & Associates has completed Phases I and II of the Delaware Aviation System Plan Update. The purpose of the update is to take a new look at the classifications of airports and heliports and provide guidelines for their orderly development. In addition, the study served as a forum for public input to the State aviation policy decision process.
In Phase I, R.A. Wiedemann & Associates prepared five interim reports that function as chapters in the final technical report. These include: Issues, Goals, and Objectives; Data Collection and Inventory; Forecast of Aviation Demand; Airport Demand/Capacity Analysis; and Facility Needs. From this start, alternatives were developed in Phase II that examined the best method of accommodating forecast aviation demand through the year 2015. In addition, a number of policy issues were developed including methods to best protect the recommended aviation system and ensure long-term air transportation access to Delaware. The long-term question involving publicly owned airports in Kent County was addressed by the Phase II portion of the study. In this regard, it was recommended that the State purchase Delaware Airpark and operate it as a mini-system with the Civil Air Terminal at Dover AFB.