Airport wins maintenance awaard

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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Wilder Field earns recognition

The Best Maintained Small General Aviation (GA) Award for 2014 was presented March 19 to De Smet city employee Ryan Peterson during the South Dakota Airports Conference at the Holiday Inn in Sioux Falls. Peterson maintains Wilder Field, the De Smet airport.

Jason Engbrecht inspects all public airports in South Dakota annually and evaluates them based on the criteria below.  Engbrecht could not be at the award presentation, so Colton Stahl of the South Dakota Department of Transportation, Office of Air, Rail & Transit presented the award.

Criteria for the annual South Dakota Airport Awards are:

   • Airport must have all lights working, including PAPIs (precision approach path indicator) and beacon (if applicable).  There can be no burnt out bulbs, damaged bases, missing lights, etc.

• Airport needs to be mowed in all areas that are required to be mowed.

• All fences must be maintained well and all gates closed and locked.

• The entrance road must be in good shape with no potholes or bumps.

• Airports need to keep their pavements in workable condition. Proper maintenance, including crack sealing, crack repair and removal of foreign object debris is required.

• There can be no obstructions in the approach slope areas.  Obstructions are usually trees, but can be anything that penetrates the different slopes.

• Pavement marking should be to FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) standards and in good shape.

• All signs leading to the airport and on the airport should be readable, straight, not faded and in their proper place.

• The airport should look neat, free of debris and be kept up in a tidy fashion.  In general, it should look nice and be pleasing to the eye.

Wilder Field also received the Best Maintained Small GA Airport Award in 2012.   



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