Minutes for the Montana Airport Management Association
March 3, 2022
CALL TO ORDER – 2:30 p.m.
MAMA President Jeff Kadlec called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.
INTRODUCTIONS -2:30 p.m.
Jeff Kadlec, President
Shane Ketterling, Vice President
Ian McKay, Secretary/Treasurer
Lucas Locke, GA Officer
Heather Mosser, Corporate Officer
Small Hub Officer - VACANT
CORRESPONDENCE – 2:38 p.m.
REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES -2:38 p.m.
Scott Humphry moved to approve the minutes; Rick Ryan seconded. The minutes were approved as presented.
FINANCIAL UPDATE – 2:38 p.m.
Ian McKay presented current year to date financials to the membership.
Money Market: $42,111.68
Total Assets: $44,438.38
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM UPDATE – 2:40 p.m.
Shane Ketterling updated the membership on the internship program. Jeff Kadlec discussed the most recent intern at West Yellowstone Airport. Brian Ellestad expressed appreciation for the program.
2021 LEGISLATIVE DISCUSSION – 2:44 p.m.
Tom Ebzery reports the following:
The legislative session was not held Jan-April
Districts were attempted to be redrawn in the northwestern region of Montana and State Rep. Derrick Skeez requested a special session to fight the action.
Strong Republican majorities are expected as an outcome of the next election.
The transportation committee has been primarily focused on pushing electric car charging stations and there is some concern over the taxation of this activity/service.
Derrick Skeez, a Flathead Valley resident, expressed displeasure with airports’, and specifically GPIA’s, ability to control access for off-site concessions, namely rental car operators.
AIRLINE RENDEZVOUS – 2:56 p.m.
Jeff Wadekamper, Helena Regional, will be hosting and gave updates on event preparations. The membership unanimously agreed that holding the event still made sense even in the midst of the socio-economic environment troubling the aviation industry. This is primarily due to the Montana’s resiliency in terms of demand for passenger air travel.
MONTANTA TERMINAL PROJECTS & ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION – 3:01 p.m.
Ian McKay – Update on terminal project and growth at GPI
Scott Humphry – BZN, the terminal project is coming along fine with few challenges. Scott also brought up a recent TSA National Amendment regarding cyber security and the challenges it poses for airports along with Title 6 Audits for the purpose of Part 23 ACDBE compliance.
Jeff Kadlec – WYS, they are currently in design and are wading through the first cost-cutting exercise. Estimates for construction are coming in high due to the austere labor and materials markets. Getting the terminal facility on public water is a high priority as well as focusing on aprons and road access.
Brian Ellestad – MSO, the project is in its final stages of Phase 1 with a planned opening of mid to late April. Phase 2 of the project is at least partially contingent on surplus FAA funding from the Building Infrastructure Law and other sources.
Brian Armour – LWS, a significant taxiway project is underway.
Bill – 6S5, introduced himself as the new airport director of Ravalli County Airport.
Ron – CTB, mostly focused on asphalt rehab projects.
Nick Bilton – 9S5, updated membership on LED lighting project rebates from the electric utility. The airport is embarking on a master plan update as demand for hangars continues to climb with no available capacity.
Rick Ryan – BTM, discussed miscellaneous ongoing projects at the airport.
OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS – 3:24 p.m.
ADJOURNED – 3:24 p.m.
MAMA President Jeff Kadlec adjourned the meeting at 3:24 p.m.