As a result of weather damage to the cameras on top of the Terminal Building, the airport webcam is off-line until further notice. The County does not currently have the budget to replace the cameras. The link to the webcam has also been removed from the airport website.
The Los Alamos County airport is pleased to announce the return of commercial air service between Los Alamos and Albuquerque! For flight schedules, fares, and reservation information, please visit flylosalamos.com
The runway will be closed Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31 from 0700 to 2000 MDT for grooving.
The runway will be open on Monday, August 1st.
It will be closed again on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 2nd and 3rd for grooving and painting.
From our Airport Manager, Peter Soderquist:
The runway will reopen tomorrow (Wednesday, July 12) at 11:00am. Only work left to be done is to paint some lead-in lines, taxiway hold bars, and mounting the PAPI on its recently poured foundation.
At issue now is the TFR. As some of you know, the Forest Service was asked to provide an approach/departure corridor that would allow aircraft to get in and out of LAM. They are agreeable to this. Over the weekend, a modification to the current TFR was constructed. If approved by FAA, the TFR will change (tomorrow) as follows:
- Both the western and eastern limits of the TFR will be “brought in.” The eastern boundary, which presently extends out towards Pojoaque, will be brought in to about 7.3 miles from LAM.
- A departure/final approach corridor for LAM will be carved out of the TFR. It will be aligned with the extended centerline of RWY 9. It will extend 7.3 miles to the east. It will be 2 miles wide at its eastern most point (one mile on each side of the extended centerline), and 1 mile wide and the approach end of RWY 27 (½ mile on each side of the extended centerline).
- There will be no vertical limit but it is generally assumed aircraft will be around 8,500’ as it enters the corridor.
Suggest you monitor the FAA or AOPA’s website to confirm the new TFR is in place. As of this writing, it is not posted.
Please be aware:
- If approved, the corridor will be 7.3 miles long. Turns to final made at the river (+/- 6 miles out) will violate the TFR!
- Use of our CTAF (123.0) is of course, mandatory.
- If it is necessary to “go around” announce your intentions and return to the extended centerline as soon as safely practical.
- The Forest Service will use their own frequency for air traffic control. They will monitor 123.0.
- Forest Service personnel have relocated the helicopter that was staged in the runup area. They will also moved as much equipment as they can to the east (five hangar pad area). While they may still have helicopters left on the main ramp, I am assured the asphalt area between the main ramp and the first row of hangars will be vacant. Same will be true on the east side of the fourth row of hangars. We should have freedom of movement.
- For reasons of security and safety of operations, Forest Service personnel will continue to have a presence at the automatic gate. Please stop when asked and explain that you are a pilot based at LAM and you are driving to your aircraft. Be aware, you may be escorted. Be very cautious when driving (and taxiing) on the ramp. In addition to all the helicopter activity, there is a sizable amount of ground support traffic.
From our airport manager:
As some of you know the recent high winds played havoc on the runway extension. A total of five days were lost. Coupled with a late start in the construction of the retaining wall, the schedule for the runway rehab has to be pushed back. The runway will not close on May 31st as originally planned.
The runway will now close on Friday, June 10 and will reopen on Friday, July 1.
I am sorry for the delay. Several alternatives were discussed but this schedule proved to be the best. Other options required multiple closures. In the end, it was felt the best approach would be to get the job done all at once.
As part of the 2011 runway extension plan, the runway will be closed during the following dates:
April 21 (0800 - 1500 MDT): Displace Threshold @ East End
May 31 - June 21: Repaving of Runway
July 22 - July 24: Striping of Runway
From the Airport Manager, Peter Soderquist:
Be advised that the runway will be closed on Thursday April 21, 2011 from 8:00am to 3:00pm to displace the threshold of RWY 27 three hundred feet.
Effective 3:00pm on April 21st there will only be 5,250’ of runway available for takeoff and landing. This situation will remain until the runway is closed (expected to occur on May 31st). When the runway reopens on June 21st there will be 6,000 feet available.
Please also note, the displaced threshold requires placing the RNAV Out of Service. The approach will remain OTS until a new one can be “drawn” to the new runway. We are currently talking to FAA about re-establishing the existing RNAV (to its original location) after the runway opens. No official word yet on whether or not they will allow this.
Will keep everyone posted.
From the Airport Manager, Peter Soderquist:
For those of you who are based at LAM and need access to your airplane when the airport is closed (May 31 to June 20, and again on July 18 for about one week), I contacted the Airport Manager at Santa Fe and asked if he would waive tiedown fees for LAM aircraft that need to reposition during the time our airport is closed. He will not waive fees.
I talked to the Airport Manager at Espanola re: the same thing. He will waive fees.
If you want to reposition to Espanola, as that date approaches, give me a call and I will give you the combination to their gate.
PS: I told the Airport Manager in Espanola, I would encourage those who use his airport during this time, to buy gas there.
From Peter Soderquist, our Airport Manager:
Following is some additional information related to the runway rehab and extension……..
- Thanks to a suggestion from Robert Gibson, the runway will be closed after the Memorial Day weekend. The runway is now scheduled for closure on Tuesday, May 31st instead of Saturday, May 28th. No word on how this will impact the rest of the schedule. One could assume everything will slip 3 days. Will keep everyone posted.
- The PAPI is scheduled for installation sometime during the last week of May, first week of June. It will be ground-checked by an FAA inspector. It will not become operational until it is flight-checked. The flight check date has not been scheduled, but we’re hoping to get it done as soon as possible.
- The RNAV approach to RWY 27 will be NOTAM’d out of service when the displaced threshold goes in – presently scheduled for April 11. The 450’ extension requires a new approach be “drawn.” The FAA is aware that they will be changing this approach. I am advised that they require the exact coordinates (by survey) of the new runway end and the PAPI before they begin the process. This information will be provided to them as soon as it is available. As for when the RNAV will be back on-line, this is unknown at this time.
From our Airport Manger, Peter Soderquist:
I am happy to report that the start date of the rehabilitation and extension of Runway 9/27 at Los Alamos County Airport has been set for Monday, March 14, 2011. This date is dependent on weather (heavy rain or snow may require it be moved) and the contractor submitting all required preconstruction documentation (safety plans, etc).
Important elements of the Project include:
- Rehabilitate the existing 5,550’ runway.
- Ensure a continuous width of 120 feet. (It presently varies.)
- Groove the runway.
- Relocate the distance remaining signs to the south side.
- Extend the runway 450’ to the east (for a total of 6,000’).
- Replace the damaged VASI with a new Precision Approach Path Indicator.
- Remove the “speed bumps” around the main ramp.
The first work element is to bring the area of the extension up to grade. This will be followed by preparing the area to accept the 450’ extension. Paving of the extension will occur later in the schedule -- commensurate with repaving the runway. (This keeps runway closure time down to a minimum.) There will be a 300’ displaced threshold on the east end of the runway while crews are working on the extension. According to the schedule, the runway will be displaced 300’ on April 11, 2011. During this time, there will only be 5,250’ available for takeoff and landing.
The rehab begins after the extension is prepared. The rehab involves milling into the existing surface and paving a new surface. It is during this time the runway will have to be closed. The project has been scheduled to allow the runway to remain open as long as possible. The entire project is scheduled to take 120 calendar days. The runway will have to be closed during the time the surface is milled and repaved. This is expected to take 21 calendar days. According to the plan, runway closure is scheduled for May 28 thru June 18, 2011.
It is important to note that following repaving, the runway needs to cure thirty (30) days before it is grooved. It will be open and available during this time, but after this cure period, it will have to be closed a second time for the grooving effort. It is also during this time the new surface will be restriped a second time. The runway will be closed from July 14 thru July 28 for grooving and restriping.
This information will be updated as information changes which can happen as weather and site conditions dictate.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the airport office at (505) 662-8420