Bend Municipal Airport – Airport Master Plan Update
As the long-standing planning and engineering firm of record for the Bend Municipal Airport, Century West has been working with the City of Bend to complete the latest ongoing Airport Master Plan Update. Over the last 20 years, both Bend and Deschutes County have experienced significant growth in population, growing much faster than Oregon’s statewide rate of growth. The number of locally-based aircraft and aircraft operations (takeoffs and landings) has also increased substantially during this period. As many of the previous airport master plan recommendations have been implemented in response to this growing demand, the need existed to update the long-range plan for the airport and reevaluate several concepts presented in the previous master planning effort, including a 1000-foot runway extension. In addition to addressing changing local conditions, updated FAA standards and current trends within the aviation industry also need to be reflected within the local context of the quickly going Bend/Deschutes County communities. Key project issues identified at the outset of the plan under evaluation include an Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) and a second parallel runway to address capacity concerns, long-rage land use highest and best use analysis, primary runway extension, and west side terminal area access improvements.