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  • KCIA is one of the few airports in the country that has prepared a comprehensive Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory.
  • KCIA supports the King County Strategic Climate Action Plan (KCSCAP) by managing GHG emissions that it can control, conducting climate preparedness, and promoting climate- and community resiliency.
  • The airport is extremely land constrained and some of these projects will impact the GA community. The airport currently has identified lot 13 as a possible area to relocate some tenants.
  • If the adjacent property comes available for purchase and the airport chooses to purchase the property, the airport will have to decide at that time how to best utilize the combined property. 
  • Currently the airport has a waiting list in all segments of aviation.
  • The FAA will no longer support an existing Threshold Crossing Height (TCH) waiver of Runway 14R for landings of large aircraft. The proposed 300-foot relocation of the end of the runway to the north is the only viable option.  
  • As a part of this project, the airport will be removing 500 feet of special use pavement which will decrease the total runway length by 580 feet.
  • The airport operations forecast in the Master Plan Update is the formal prediction from the FAA to help determine the forecasted demand for the airport to ensure the infrastructure at the airport can meet that demand.
  • KCIA does not have the authority to affect the number or types of aircraft operations at the airport or authority of the airspace around the airport; that is controlled by the FAA through the Aircraft Control Tower.
  • The airport provided a voluntary multi-year sound insulation program for single-family homes located in parts of the Georgetown, Beacon Hill and Tukwila/Allentown neighborhoods. 
    • This FAA-funded project provided $40 million for the sound insulation of just under 600 homes in these neighborhoods.
  • The updated existing and future noise contours generated for this Master Plan Update are significantly smaller than the previous contours and would likely result in a much smaller Noise Mitigation Boundary if the study were updated today. 
  • This current reduction in the KCIA-related noise footprint is the result of both fewer aircraft operations being conducted at the airport and changes in the fleet mix of those operations due to the retirement of many older/noisier aircraft, along with the continued advancement of quieter engine technology.
  • Yes, from our latest Economic Impact Assessment it is anticipated that the direct, indirect and induced economic impact of the airport’s next six-year Capital Improvement Program will be an estimated $718 billion for the local economy and more than 2,000 jobs. Many of these are careers with our tenants, construction jobs and service industry jobs in the local community.
  • While KCIA cannot require applicants to county jobs be from certain demographic or geographic groups, we do plan on promoting potential jobs and contracts at the airport.
  • KCIA also hires interns at all levels from high school, community college, undergraduate and graduate school and makes a special effort to publicize these opportunities within the local community. Our goal is to encourage young people to consider aviation careers.
  • KCIA also partners with the Museum of Flight and their youth programing such as Women Fly, Michael P. Anderson Program and Career Days to support and encourage underrepresented students towards careers in aviation.
  • King County is currently coordinating with the City of Seattle about moving a segment of airport fencing to improve the existing pedestrian connection between Georgetown and South Park neighborhoods of Seattle. This project could also include a combination of artwork and a landscape buffer along a segment of the airport’s perimeter fencing.
  • KCIA is researching the best type of foliage to increase the greenery around the airport that does not attract wildlife or grow too tall and absorbs the most carbon.
  • No local tax dollars are used to operate or enhance the airport.
  • KCIA will fund projects proposed in the Master Plan through multiple sources including airport revenues, grants and the issuance of bonds. However, many of the projects are dependent on getting federal grant funding and may not move forward if no grant funds are available. 

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