OF THE SPECIAL
MEETING OF THE SHOW LOW AVIATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE, HELD ON WEDNESDAY,
APRIL 23, 2008, AT 5:30 P.M. IN CONFERENCE ROOM B ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE
SHOW LOW LIBRARY, 180 N 9TH ST., SHOW LOW, NAVAJO COUNTY, ARIZONA
Call to Order
Chairman Ole Alcumbrac called the meeting to
order at 5:31 p.m.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT:
Robert Adams, Ole Alcumbrac, Tom Kingsbury,
Stephan Aeschlimann, Robert Newton
COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT:
Sonja Armstrong, Chuck Moore
COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:
Gene Kelley arrived at 5:33 p.m.
CITY STAFF PRESENT:
Dennis Wiss, Airport Director; Cari Bilbie,
Public Works Secretary
Bob Saner, Zola Hamm
Review of Minimum Standards
Dennis gave a history on the minimum
standards stating they are the guidelines for commercial aviation business.
Dennis asked the committee to review the minimum standards as directed by
the City Council. Dennis said the insurance requirements need to be reviewed
as an example. Dennis asked the committee to review and make suggestions
prior to the next meeting.
Ole asked if there are any issues that have
come up in the last 12 years other than insurance. Dennis gave the example
of ground space improvements on page 15 of the minimum standards. He stated
that a new business doesn’t’ have a hangar yet and wants to build on and
start their business. However, it takes 5 to 6 months to build a hangar.
Dennis stated that the City Manager could waive the minimum standards to a
business only if there is not a competitor already there. Otherwise, the
minimum standards hold firm. Dennis also stated there could not be a
Ole proposed all members review and be
ready to discuss the minimum standards at the next meeting. All members of
the committee agreed.
4. Old Business
A. Consideration of Additional
Revisions to Rates and Charges
1. New Articles 13, 14,
Dennis said the City
Manager and Public Works Director wanted to make these offices and put them
in the Rates and Charges. The Articles were re-written to reflect practices
already in action.
Ole asked about the
minimum gallons and is it already too high. He asked if the discount also
included the people who have hangar leases that may not reach the minimum
gallon limit. The concern is that if we only have one person who meets the
minimum requirement is it enough to encourage pilots to fuel at Show Low
Regional Airport. Can we offer more?
Tom asked about the 3
months fuel sales waiting period. He asked if it could just happen the first
time they go over. Dennis said no. Dennis said if a company drops under the
2,000 gallon minimum for 4 or 5 months in a row they will come off the
discount in Article 13.
Bob asked about lowing the
minimum and how many more it would add. Dennis said the other companies
barely reach 1,000 gallons a month and Guardian Air fuels in Flagstaff.
Ole asked how many people
take advantage of the Philips Card or the VP Card. Dennis said about 20. Ole
asked if people are taking advantage of the current discounts available to
them. Dennis said about 20-30% of customers are self-serve and they receive
Gene Kelley asked if it
were a per-dollar or per gallon discount with the credit cards. Dennis said
it was per gallon which comes to about 5 cents per gallon savings. Dennis
said there are all kinds of discounts out there, however most customers pay
with a credit card.
Gene Kelley asked how much
the fees are from the credit card companies to the City for use of credit
cards. Gene said our savings may be more than the discounts we are giving.
Ole stated he would like
to see the City push the Philips card due to the customer receiving their
discount and the City having no services fees on fuel only sales. Ole also
noted that the Philips card has no annual fee. Ole suggested sending
information to the tenants explaining the Philips card and the savings.
Ole asked if Dennis had
ever done an average on the amount of gas purchased locally versus out of
town. Dennis said no. He stated it would be difficult and time consuming as
the current software does not recognize local business versus out of town
business. It only recognizes customers.
Ole said it would be nice
to let tenants know they bought x amount of fuel and with this card they
could have saved x. Dennis said the airport does a fuel survey of about 20
airports every couple of months.
Steve asked about the bulk
fuel limit. How long do we wait to take someone off the discount list when
they fall below the minimum? Dennis said the way it is worded, once you meet
the criteria everything you purchase after that is discounted. Ole asked
what happens if they never purchase the minimum again, how long they get to
have the discount. Dennis said they could look at it every 3 months if they
didn’t meet the requirements then the 4th month they would not
receive the discount and would have to re-qualify. The committee wants the
airport to cut off the discount after 3 months if they are not meeting the
requirements. 3 months to quality, 3 months to lose their discount.
Gene asked what the
airport would have to do to get customers to use us more than other
airports. Dennis said they approached Great Lakes about buying fuel from
Show Low. Dennis said they City could not touch the current price they are
getting from Phoenix.
Dennis said a letter could
be put together with the next bill reminding tenants about the discounts and
savings options. Ole stated he would like the airport to advertise more.
Zola suggested the staff
ask the pilots if they are familiar with Show Low and do they need fuel. Ole
liked the idea and though staff should try to do it. Dennis reminded the
committee this was not on the agenda and they needed to be careful.
Ole asked that staff
place airport staff policy on the agenda for the next meting as it pertains
to Zola’s comment.
Ole moved to recommend
Article 13 as is with the additional language about the 3 month cut off if
the monthly requirement is not met. Bob Adams seconded the motion. All
members voted in favor of recommending Article 13 as is with the additional
language about the 3 month cut off if the monthly requirement is not met.
Article 14 – Tom Newton
moved to accept Article 14 as is. Ole seconded the motion. All members voted
in favor of recommending Article 14 as is.
Article 15 – Tom Kingsbury
moved to accept Article 15 as is. Tom Newton seconded the motion. All
members voted in favor of recommending Article 15 as is.
Dennis referenced the memo
regarding Angel Flight and their request for discounts as it relates to
Articles 13-15. Ole moved to give the discount to Angel Flight. Tom
Kingsbury seconded the motion. All members voted in favor of giving the
discount to Angel Flight.
Flight Plan Program
Ole asked the committee to have reviewed
their flight plan assignments and come up with suggestions by next meeting.
Ole instructed staff to add the flight plan suggestions to the next agenda.
The flight plan assignments are as follows:
Adams #1 Show Low Regional Airport
Newton #2 Business & Commercial Aviation Service
Alcumbrac #3 General Aviation Service
Kingsbury #4 Aircraft Maintenance
Stephan Aeschlimann #5
Marketing & Economic Development
Moore #6 Public Relations
Armstrong #7 Safety & Security
5. Airport Directors Report
Rules & Regulations Update
FAA Part 139 Inspection Letter
Dennis read the memo regarding the
Directors Report. No discussion followed.
6. Summary of Current
A. Chairman – Ole asked staff to send
the committee a reminder a week before the Fly-in to remind the committee of
the date and time. The date is June 7, 2008. The time is 7:00 a.m.
Members – none.
Schedule of next meeting
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday,
June 25, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. at the Library.
7. Call to the
Zola Hamm stated at the January
31, 2008 meeting she announced she would not be available at the next
meeting. She sent Dennis a request to put items on the agenda and as a
result Kenny Patterson has asked her to meet with him and City Staff on
April 24, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. Zola felt this undermined the committee and
would like Dennis and the committee to know that she will not be
intimidated. Zola asked if she should work directly with the committee
rather than Dennis.
No further discussion.
Chairman Ole Alcumbrac adjourned the meeting
at 7:00 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at
I, Cari Bilbie,
do hereby certify the foregoing minutes are true and correct.