Getting Back on Track: Olislagers' charge was to unite the airport and its neighbors. Next up: FAA dollars

By John F. Infanger ENGLEWOOD, CO – When Robert Olislagers, A.A.E., came here in September, 2000, the airport board that hired him gave him the primary goal of making peace with the nearby communities. Despite its position as the second...

Says Olislagers, "The language basically says, any general aviation airport with more than 300,000 operations in Class B airspace with an air carrier airport that does not contribute to significant delays may be exempt from having to accept scheduled passenger service." He says the only other GA airport that it would apply to is Van Nuys, CA, where it is not an issue. Olislagers has reapplied to FAA for funding, and a spokesperson at the agency says it is under review. Says Olislagers, "We’re anticipating that we will be reinstated for funding, and that was the goal."

One GA Approach to Security

Centennial Airport is in the midst of beta-testing a comprehensive security monitoring system being installed by Navigance, Inc. It is a central part of an overall security system being implemented since 9/11, at a total cost now approaching $1 million.

Immediately following 9/11, Centennial tacked on a 3 cent/gallon surcharge on its jet-A fuel flowage fees, two cents on avgas, to pay for security improvements. Other increased revenues since have led to elimination of the fee.

Airport director Robert Olislager says the cost of the Navigance system will approach $100,000 when fully installed.

"For a full-blown, airport-wide monitoring system, I think that’s actually a bargain," he says. "The nice thing about wireless is it’s very inexpensive to hook all of these cameras and access controls together. A real problem with hard-wiring is it’s expensive, and at some airports you just can’t install it. Wireless gives you the opportunity to do it for about $2,000 per gate, to set up all the equipment and to have it integrated."

Explains Robert Jandebeur, president of Tulsa-based Navigance, "We stand to develop a national model based on a common sense approach which does not center around just security, but rather a solution which offers return on investment. Part of the ROI comes from working with the FBOs and corporate tenants to develop a network and the standard which then allows sharing of the infrastructure. This means possible common cameras, biometrics, and wireless."

Jandebeur points out that besides Centennial’s beta site, Navigance is in discussions with Teterboro (NJ) Airport, another premier GA facility. "We have three national leasing firms ready to offer very competitive leases, to include municipalities," he says.

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