1. The meeting was convened at 1900 hours by Tony Yacono
began the meeting by announcing that Atlas Aviation was working to configure the larger room on the south side 2nd floor to make it suitable for BAA
and similar meetings.Two window air conditioners will be installed.Tony
also has located some sound deadening material that can be installed to improve the acoustics of the room.
pointed out that the previous Master Plan was accomplished in 1993 and published in 1995.Tony
stated that he
had raised the issue of review andrevision of the Master Plan in lieu of creating a new one and was told that a Master Plan committee had been created - but that no one seemed to have information on who those people were.c. Tony
pointed out that there were a number of problems on Merritt Island Airport that adherence to the previous Master Plan would have avoided.He
recommended that the BAA
identify revisions to the COI Master Plan and submit that to the Authority
along with a recommendation that a new Master Plan was not required.d. Tony
defined the BAA Master Planning Committee as the BAA Board plus
stated that over the past year the BAA
had succeeded in making the Authority
aware of its presence but many problems remained relative to accountability and proper planning, including both in the Authority and at the State level.
pointed out that the BAA
needed to develop its own plan in terms of what it wants to accomplish.10. Tony
also brought up the need to encourage additional membership in the BAA
sends out information on BAA activities to approximately 150 people, all of whom could be potential members.11. There was discussion on the preparations for the upcoming Toys for Tots Breakfast, including the fact that there was a shortage of chairs that had to be addressed.12. Tony
pointed out that the BAA bylaws required the President to serve for no more than 2 contiguous years, so he
would have to step down.
...1. A special meeting of the BAA Board was called by the BAA President, Tony Yacono on 30 May 2007 at 1900 hours for the purpose of discussing a course of action related to the planned new Spacecoast Executive Airport terminal building. 2. Tony reviewed the available documentation relative to the Tico Board's approval of the proposed new terminal and the associated disbursing of funds to the contractor as well as the return of a portion of those funds to the Tico Airport Authority.
1. The March meeting was started at 1900 on 28 Mar 2007, convened by Tony Yacono
. 2. Tony
pointed out that the minutes of the previous meeting of 24 Jan 2007 had been distributed to the membership and requested any comments relative to the minutes be provided forthwith; in the interim the meeting minutes would be accepted with no changes.A limited number of paper copies of the minutes were distributed at the meeting.3. Tony
announced that the BAA treasury had around $1800 available and plans were being made to spend some of those funds on a gathering.
requested that the BAA
membership provide comments on the new hangar issue so that the BAA could provide the Authority
with final recommendations.6. Tony
stated that the issue of sharing of the larger hangars by multiple users remained unresolved.Given that the new hangars of Alternative E and F are box hangars, they have the potential to hold considerably more small aircraft than the present T-hangars.Future information on this issue will be made available as is possible.7. Tony
stated that there were people who were interested in building privately funded hangars on the north side of the airport and that the BAA
was working to understand these interests.
was going to visit the County Commissioners in regards to the issues brought up at the November 2006 Workshop meeting.
stated that the Authority
has underway at least the beginnings of a maintenance program for the hangars, which, while somewhat belated, at least indicates that some effort is being undertaken in this area.11. Tony
asked for any feedback on the membership's desire to have more or fewer meetings than the current 6 per year.12. Tony
reminded everyone that the new traffic advisory frequency for Merritt Island Airport is 122.975 MHZ.
...1. The 24 Jan 2007 meeting was convened at 1906 by the BAA president, Tony Yacono.2. Tony pointed out that the minutes of the 29 Nov 2006 meeting had been distributed earlier and thanked the BAA secretary, Wayne Eleazer, for writing the document.
also said that two County Commissioners had requested copies of the previous meeting's minutes and he
had transmitted them to him.
4. The topics covered in minutes of the last meeting were reviewed.
said that he
discussed with one of the Tico
Board Members the loss of the Brevard County Ad Valorum tax funding.
stated that Mike Powell had taken over the Tico Airport Authority
Director's position and. seemed to be doing a good job so far.
reported that he
is still attempting to seek information on the logic behind the usual 3% increase in rents each year.Tony
also reported that he
had raised the issue of appropriate salaries for Tico employees, pointing out that the employees had suffered a 10% cut when the first reduction in ad valium tax contributions to Tico funding occurred over a decade ago.
said that there would be a new policy relative to "Taxi into position and hold" orders at Space Coast Executive.
20. Audio recordings of the Tico Board meetings are available as well as a video recording of the workshop with the county commissioners; Tony
has copies and can provide them to those interested.
...2. The BAA President, Tony Yacono, opened the meeting by reminding everyone to pay their dues.
Dues forms were e-mailed to everyone and also were handed out at the meeting.
stated that he
had written some letters to the Brevard County Commissioners relative to the October 2006 Workshop but had not received any replies.Thus, he
said that he
was not aware if the County Commissioners had done anything relative to the issues and concerns raised at the Workshop.Also, the Tico Airport Authority
had not submitted a program or any proposals or requests to the County relative to ideas voiced at the workshop.
stated that at the most recent meeting of the Tico
Board there appeared to be some reduction in tensions as compared to past meetings but that this was not accompanied by a real change in attitudes.
stated that he
had met with some of the new slate of County Commissioners and had come away from those discussions with a feeling of some hope but that as yet there was no indication that such feelings were justified.In one case the discussion had lasted two hours but it was yet to be determined what these discussions would yield.The Commissioners seemed to believe that the change in the Tico
Director would by itself improve matters.The response from the BAA members was that the Commissioners need to realize that the October Workshop was spurred merely by conflicts with a specific individual in the Authority
management structure but was prompted by broader issues such as apparently frivolous spending by the Authority
stated that while the Tico
Board seemed to be very pleased with the concept of the Authority
ceasing to receive funding from the Ad Valorum taxes, it appeared that no plans were made for such an eventuality.
...9. Tony briefly described the process underway for the selection of a new Airport Authority Director.
Three candidates were selected for interviews from those who submitted applications.Tony
will be allowed to sit in on the interviews but will not be allowed to ask questions.Tony
also talked to each of the three applicants on the phone and asked them if they would mind inquires being made to the AOPA, the FAA
, and the tenants on the airfields where they presently work relative to their work performance.Tony
also mentioned that he
had recommended Mike Powell for the position of Director but that Mr. Powell had not chosen to apply for the job.
10. A concern that Tony
identified was that the current Board and Authority
staff tend to focus on Part 139 Air Transport operations and that Merritt Island is considered to be a "reliever" airport for Titusville Executive Airport rather than a facility with its own purpose and priorities.This bias was reflected in the applicants for the Director position as well.
11. The BAA
is seeking documentation on the items being discussed by the Board as well as the agenda items for the meetings and is making some progress in doing so.Also, Tony is planning to request that the BAA representative at the Board meetings be all