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Flathead Notice of Public Hearing: April 2021

HEARING NOTICE FORM

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON A PROPOSED ISSUANCE BY THE FLATHEAD MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY OF AIRPORT REVENUE BONDS OR NOTES THEREFOR UNDER MONTANA CODE ANNOTATED, TITLE 67, CHAPTER 11, PARTS 1 THROUGH 3, IN ORDER TO FINANCE ONE OR MORE SERIES AIRPORT REVENUE NOTES

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Commissioners of the Flathead Municipal Airport Authority (the “Authority”) will meet on April 20, 2021, at or after 4:00 p.m., in a conference room at the Country Inn and Suites located at 4150 US Highway 2 East Kalispell, Montana 59901 in front of the Glacier Park International Airport (the “Airport”) and hold a public hearing on the issuance by the Authority of one or more series of its taxable or tax-exempt airport revenue notes, bonds, TIFIA loan, or other obligations in one or more series (the “Obligations”) for the purposes of: (i) financing the acquisition, construction and equipping of an approximately 120,000 square foot terminal expansion to the Authority’s Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, Montana (the “Project”); (ii) funding necessary reserves, if any; and (iii) paying costs of issuance of the Obligations.

In order to finance the costs listed above, the Authority proposes to issue and sell the Obligations in the estimated maximum aggregate principal amount not to exceed $70,000,000.  The Obligations will be special, limited obligations of the Authority payable from airport revenues, including passenger facility charges and the limited taxing power of the Authority.  The Obligations are not a general obligation of the Authority and the limited taxing power of the Authority will only be pledged to one or more series of the Obligations if such pledge is determined by the Board of Commissioners of the Authority to be advantageous.  The Obligations shall not be an obligation of the City of Kalispell or Flathead County and the City of Kalispell and Flathead County do not have any obligation (financial or otherwise) with respect to the Obligations.  The taxing power of the City of Kalispell and Flathead County will not be pledged to the repayment of the Obligations.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Airport Director has determined it is not practical nor prudent to require the public to attend meetings of the Board of Commissioners of the Authority in-person if such persons do not want to do so due to the health pandemic and emergency. Therefore, remote participation at the public hearing will be allowed if a person is not comfortable attending the public hearing in-person.

All persons interested may appear and be heard at said time and place or may file a written expression of their views with the Airport Director of the Authority prior to the date of hearing set forth above.  Any further information regarding this notice, the Obligations and the Project may be obtained from the Airport Director at Authority’s offices at the Airport.  Any comments and materials submitted by 12:00 noon on April 20, 2021 will be provided to the Authority for their consideration.  The public may also provide comments and participate during the public hearing by dialing 406-272-4852 with Conference ID:  369 365 923# or 1-888-857-7121 with passcode 6123716223# at the time of the public hearing.

FLATHEAD MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY

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Website Posting Date:  Flathead Municipal Airport Website April 5, 2021.

 

Glacier Park International Airport Announces New Partnership, Adds Routes

Media Contact: Kristine Fife
406-475-5651
kristine@bigskypublicrelations.com

 

Glacier Park International Airport Announces New Partnership, Adds Routes
JetBlue arrives in Flathead Valley, American Airlines increases services

KALISPELL, Montana (Feb. 19, 2021) – Service offerings continue to expand at Glacier Park International Airport (GPIA) with the addition of a new partnership with JetBlue Airways and additional routes through American Airlines. Travelers will be able to take a seasonal JetBlue flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City three times a week in July and August. American Airlines has also added service to New York City with Saturday flights to LaGuardia Airport, as well as Saturday service to Charlotte, North Carolina.

“The JetBlue partnership increases our airline carriers from five to six,” Rob Ratkowski, Glacier Park International Airport director said. “This is great news for all travelers. The JetBlue and American Airlines services will benefit Montanans, bring tourism to our beautiful area, and enhance the flight options and experiences of everyone.”

The American Airlines announcement increases Kalispell service from three cities – Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, and Los Angeles – to five.

“American is excited to add once weekly, nonstop seasonal service between our Charlotte and New York-La Guardia hubs and Glacier Park International Airport,” Brian Znotins, American’s vice president of network planning. “As customers return to the skies, the National Parks System remains high on their list of summer destinations. These new flights not only connect customers to Glacier National Park and the natural beauty of Montana, but also provide local residents with access to several one-stop connections across American’s network. This new service complements our existing flights between FCA and Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles.”

New airline partnerships and expanded route options continue to increase at GPIA despite the travel decline many markets are still experiencing.

“Visitors need only step off the plane in Montana to understand the magic of our state,” Ratkowski said. “The growth we have seen at Glacier Park International Airport in recent months has been incredible. We are thrilled to be welcoming JetBlue to the GPIA family, and we look forward to expanded flight options for area travelers.”

For more information on JetBlue destinations and fares, visit www.jetblue.com. For information on American Airlines destinations and fares, visit www.aa.com.

ABOUT GLACIER PARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airline service at Glacier Park International Airport is provided by Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Jet Blue and Allegiant Air. Cities with year-round service include Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Phoenix/Mesa, Salt Lake City and Seattle. Additional cities with seasonal service include Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York (LaGuardia), New York (JFK), Oakland, Portland, San Diego, and San Francisco. For more information about GPIA, please visit www.iflyglacier.com.

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Federal Mask Mandate

Federal law requires wearing a face mask at all times in and on the airport for ages two and older. Failure to comply may result in removal and denial of re-entry.

Refusing to wear a mask in or on the airport is a violation of federal law.  Individuals may be subject to penalties under federal law.

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BY ORDER OF:

TSA SECURITY DIRECTIVE SD 1542-21-01

CDC ORDER UNDER SECTION 361 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT (42.U.S.C. 264) AND 42 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS 70.2, 71.31(b), 71.32(b)

EXECUTIVE ORDER OF PRESIDENT BIDEN ON PROMOTING COVID19 SAFETY IN DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

 

SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES ADDS NEW ROUTE FROM GPIA

Media Contact: Kristine Fife
406-475-5651
kristine@bigskypublicrelations.com

 

SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES ADDS NEW ROUTE FROM GPIA
The Glacier Park International Airport will host Sun Country Airlines with flights to Minneapolis/St Paul beginning in May.

KALISPELL, Montana (Jan. 27, 2020) – Travel options are expanding at Glacier Park International Airport (GPIA). Sun Country Airlines, based in Minneapolis, will offer service from Kalispell to Minneapolis/St. Paul beginning in May.

“This new service from Sun Country Airlines is a testament to the recovery we are experiencing at GPIA,” said Rob Ratkowski, Glacier Park International Airport director “Passenger demand is steadily increasing, and airlines are recognizing the benefit of doing business here in Kalispell. We welcome Sun Country and are excited to have additional service to the Minneapolis/St. Paul market.”

GPIA’s recovery following a global travel decline in the midst of the pandemic has been one of the strongest in the state. Currently the airport is experiencing traffic similar to that of 2017 and continues to rise.

Sun Country Airlines CEO Jude Bricker says that adding these new routes and cities is a sign that the COVID-19 travel slump is turning around.

“We are excited to extend our network and offer people access to even more low-cost vacation options when they are ready to travel again. The past year has been a challenge for the travel industry but with increased access to COVID-19 tests and vaccinations, we’re starting to see that turnaround.”, says Bricker.

Sun Country Airlines will begin service from Kalispell to Minneapolis in May. Flights will be offered twice weekly and run seasonally through October. For additional information about routes and fares, please visit suncountry.com.

ABOUT GLACIER PARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airline service at Glacier Park International Airport is provided by Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Allegiant Air. Cities with year-round service include Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Seattle. Additional cities with seasonal service include Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and Portland. For more information about GPIA, please visit www.iflyglacier.com.

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Notice of public hearing on proposed issuance by FMAA of airport revenue bonds or notes

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON A PROPOSED ISSUANCE BY THE FLATHEAD MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY OF AIRPORT REVENUE BONDS OR NOTES THEREFOR UNDER MONTANA CODE ANNOTATED, TITLE 67, CHAPTER 11, PARTS 1 THROUGH 3, IN ORDER TO FINANCE ONE OR MORE SERIES AIRPORT REVENUE NOTES

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Commissioners of the Flathead Municipal Airport Authority (the “Authority”) will meet on January 12, 2021, at or after 4:00 p.m., at the Glacier Park International Airport (the “Airport”), 4170 US Highway 2 Kalispell, Montana 59901, and hold a public hearing on the issuance by the Authority of one or more series of its taxable or tax-exempt airport revenue notes, bonds, TIFIA loan, or other obligations in one or more series (the “Obligations”) for the purposes of: (i) financing the acquisition, construction and equipping of an approximately 120,000 square foot terminal expansion to the Authority’s Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, Montana (the “Project”); (ii) funding necessary reserves, if any; and (iii) paying costs of issuance of the Obligations.

In order to finance the costs listed above, the Authority proposes to issue and sell the Obligations in the estimated maximum aggregate principal amount not to exceed $70,000,000.  The Obligations will be special, limited obligations of the Authority payable from airport revenues, including passenger facility charges and the limited taxing power of the Authority.  The Obligations are not a general obligation of the Authority and the limited taxing power of the Authority will only be pledged to one or more series of the Obligations if such pledge is determined by the Board of Commissioners of the Authority to be advantageous.  The Obligations shall not be an obligation of the City of Kalispell or Flathead County and the City of Kalispell and Flathead County do not have any obligation (financial or otherwise) with respect to the Obligations.  The taxing power of the City of Kalispell and Flathead County will not be pledged to the repayment of the Obligations.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and emergency actions taken by the Governor of the State of Montana regarding the COVID-19 health pandemic, the Airport Director has determined it is not practical nor prudent to require the public to attend meetings of the Board of Commissioners of the Authority in-person if such persons do not want to do so due to the health pandemic and emergency. Therefore, remote participation at the public hearing will be allowed.

All persons interested may appear and be heard at said time and place or may file a written expression of their views with the Airport Director of the Authority prior to the date of hearing set forth above.  Any further information regarding this notice, the Obligations and the Project may be obtained from the Airport Director at Authority’s offices at the Airport.  Any comments and materials submitted by 12:00 noon on January 12 will be provided to the Authority for their consideration.  The public may also provide comments and participate during the public hearing by dialing 406-272-4852 Conference ID: 883 455 092#.

FLATHEAD MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY

May 6: MT Nat’l Guard conducts flyovers in recognition of COVID-19 support

Keep your eyes on the sky tomorrow! The National Guard will be overhead with the C-130 tomorrow in the Flathead Valley between 11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Montana Air National Guard, will perform flyovers throughout Montana on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The event is part of the Air Force Salutes flyover program with similar events planned throughout the nation. The purpose of the flyovers is to demonstrate the Department of the Air Force’s continued readiness during the national COVID-19 response, while saluting the American heroes at the forefront in the fight against COVID-19. The flyovers are intended to lift morale in towns, cities and states across America due to the severe health and economic impacts that have resulted from COVID-19.

“The Montana National Guard salutes each Montanan serving on the frontlines in our fight against COVID-19,” said Col. Buel Dickson,
commander, 120th Airlift Wing. “These flyovers are a small gesture of appreciation to the heroes across the state. You epitomize the ethos as

Montanans helping Montanans. We are indebted to your service and appreciate your efforts in trying to keep our state safe.”
The event begins in Great Falls Wednesday morning with a two-ship flyover of Benefis Hospital. The aircraft will then split off with one taking an eastern route and the other covering the western part of Montana. Together they are scheduled to fly over more than 20 cities and towns, focusing on health care facilities in the regions they visit.

A detailed list of towns and times will be released is available at https://www.facebook.com/120Vigilantes.

Passengers to be screened following air travel

Glacier Park International Airport joins Montana airports in protecting Flathead Valley residents, travelers

Based on a directive issued on March 30 by Montana Governor Steve Bullock, the Montana National Guard will be screening deplaning passengers at all commercial airports in Montana including Glacier Park International Airport.

These voluntary checks are anticipated to start April 3. Inbound passengers will be asked by members of the Montana National Guard to share relevant travel and health history, and to have their temperature taken following travel. The goal of these efforts is to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Flathead Valley and to inform inbound passengers of the Governor’s quarantine order.

“We want to assure residents and travelers that this practice is being implemented as a precaution to help flatten the curve in our community,” Rob Ratkowski, Glacier Park International Airport Director, said. “Seeing our Montana National Guard in the airport may be a surprise to some and we wanted to let folks know ahead of time that this is no cause for concern.”

The unarmed Montana National Guard members will be screening passengers to learn of their relevant travel and health history and if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Should a passenger have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, the Montana National Guard will escort the traveler to a separate room where they will be screened by a medical professional and referred if needed to the local Flathead City-County Health Department.

Per Governor Bullock’s quarantine directive, both Montana residents and non-residents entering the state for non-work-related purpose are being asked to self-quarantine for fourteen days following travel in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Although numbers have dropped significantly within the past month, travelers are still arriving and departing through GPIA. Domestic flights are still operating. Travelers are encouraged to check with their airline carrier prior to traveling to ensure they have the most up-to-date information.

ABOUT GLACIER PARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Airline service at Glacier Park International Airport is provided by Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Allegiant Air. Cities with year-round service include Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Seattle. Additional cities with seasonal service include Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and Portland. For more information about GPIA, please visit www.iflyglacier.com.

 

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Bid Request: Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Vehicle

ADVERTISEMENT PROCURE AIRCRAFT RESCUE AND FIRE FIGHTING (ARFF) VEHICLE AIP NO. 3-30-0046-055-2019 GLACIER PARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT KALISPELL, MONTANA

Sealed bids for AIP No. 3-30-0046-055-2019, at Glacier Park International Airport, Kalispell, Montana, will be received by the Flathead Municipal Airport Authority, 4170 Highway 2 East, Kalispell, Montana 59901, until 10:00 a.m., local time, on July 31, 2019, and then opened, read aloud and canvassed.

The work involved includes: Procure Aircraft Rescue And Fire Fighting (ARFF) Vehicle. A complete set of Bidding Requirements and Contract Documents may be obtained on or after July 3, 2019 by emailing Jeff Campbell, JACOBS, at jeff.campbell@jacobs.com.

Each bid must be accompanied by a Certified Check or Cashier’s Check in the amount of not less than five percent (5%) of the total bid, made payable to the Flathead Municipal Airport Authority, or by Bid Bond in like amount executed by a Surety Company.

All bidders are advised that the right is reserved by the Sponsor to waive any informality in, or to reject any or all bids. Any questions must be submitted to Jeff Campbell, JACOBS, via email to jeff.campbell@jacobs.com. Questions are due by 10:00 a.m., July 19, 2019. Questions received after this time will not be accepted.

Now Hiring: Firefighter

Position: Firefighter

Department: Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting

Work Location: Glacier Park International Airport/FMAA

Application Deadline: Friday, March 28, 2019, by 2:00 pm Mountain Time

Starting Pay: $20.00/hr (Under review for FY2020)

Job Responsibilities:

Under direct supervision of the Fire Chief and other officers, this position fulfills the requirements as set forth in 49 U.S.C. Part 139 by performing airport operations duties, aircraft rescue and firefighting response, emergency medical treatment, and peripheral security.

Requirements:

Incumbent must be able to pass a federal background check and security threat assessment, have and maintain a valid driver license, pass a pre-employment physical and drug screening; be able to work nights, weekends, holidays, travel for training, and work overtime as required. Incumbent must also be willing to work overnight shifts, fill-in shifts, and be available on-call.

Candidates must be highly motivated to learn and perform Airport Operations duties.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to complete initial or recurrent Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting course, as applicable
  • 1.5 years ARFF or Airport Operations experience, or 3 years structural experience
  • Ability to obtain EMT license within 8 months of hire

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current ARFF certification
  • Prior airport operations experience
  • Current EMT license
  • Certifications from AAAE, ACI-NA, or other airport industry certifications

Please apply online at https://veoci.com/veoci/p/dashboard/3zp67xdp7d?preview=true or submit a cover letter and resume to employment@glacierairport.com or 4170 Highway 2 East, Kalispell, MT 59901

When, and why, does snow delay planes?

Our main priority at Glacier Park International Airport is safety for passengers, employees and other visitors. But who decides when a runway is no longer safe for takeoff and landing?

Airport closures are dictated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and are required whenever the runway braking friction drops below a standard measurement. Just like in your car, the brakes on an aircraft have to have friction to come to a safe stop.

On days like today, January 23, the braking friction measurement has been above and below the standard set by the FAA all morning- and that causes intermittent closures, as travelers have experienced today. Kalispell received 7 inches of snow overnight, and snow has continued to accumulate throughout the morning.

Usually, these closures are fairly short in duration, but may happen repeatedly during any significant snow event. GPIA plow crews work continuously to clear the runway to keep the braking friction above the standard set by the FAA. While the airfield may be open one moment, weather conditions can change quickly, resulting in additional closures.

As Montanans know, the weather here can be unpredictable, but dozens of GPIA staff members are working diligently to keep the runway areas cleared and up to safety standards in changing conditions.

In addition to extreme conditions that can cause delays, airplanes require deicing. Deicing is is a long process and the deicing process expires in a short period. Each airlines manages their own deicing process, and airlines crews work quickly to deice aircraft- but if timing doesn’t line up quite right, the aircraft might not be able to takeoff even if the airport is open.

All of these factors are part of a complex system that dictates when planes can takeoff and land safety at GPIA.

Safety is the main priority at GPIA. The GPIA team, alongside the airlines that serve GPIA, works hard to keep flights coming and going within the safety limits that are set by the FAA. Every day, dozens of GPIA staff are working hard to meet safety standards and responding to the extreme weather conditions in our beautiful state.