The SDSASP Project Team is excited to share some of the great progress made on the 2020 SDSASP since the last update in November 2019. Upon completion of initial system performance findings, the Project Team hosted the final Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting in Pierre. The PAC meeting provided an opportunity to engage with key project stakeholders to determine appropriate future performance targets for the system. These targets were set for each of the performance measures (PM) and help to identify strengths and weaknesses in the system based on the findings of the initial system analysis. They also demonstrate SDDOT’s commitment to achieving and maintaining a safe and efficient aviation system for all users. The Project Team is working closely with SDDOT to determine the improvement projects recommended upon study completion. In addition to finalizing project recommendations, the Team is considering alternative scenarios that could impact South Dakota’s aviation system over the planning period.
The aviation economic impact study (AEIS) continues to progress with careful consideration of all study inputs to develop realistic findings of the impact that aviation activity has on the local, regional, and state economies. The AEIS strives to demonstrate, in a transparent way, how everyday aviation activity and unique events (such as the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally) generate economic benefits within South Dakota.
The Project Team is looking forward to presenting study findings-to-date at the upcoming 2020 South Dakota Airports Conference in March. Presentations on the system plan and the AEIS will be shared, and preliminary airport-specific AEIS findings will be provided to airport sponsors for final input.
Check out the most recent project document, Chapter 4. Forecast of Aviation Activity and System Demand, on the Study Documents page and check back often as updates are posted and study documents are uploaded. As always, please reach out to the team via the Contact page with any questions or comments.