Pilots, Please Note:
Check the airport’s Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) frequently for the latest airport configuration. A design constraint of the airport’s AWOS-3 transcribed weather broadcast system on VHF 121.2 prevents verbally appending NOTAMs to the transmission. Do NOT rely on the AWOS-3 broadcast for NOTAMs information. They won’t be there.
Runway/Taxiway/Signage Lighting Project: July 27 – November 1
This project will replace all airport runway lights, taxiway lights, and signage.
Notice to Airmen for Work Area 4 September 20 – October 23
• All taxiways other than Taxiway A have been permanently renamed.
• Nightly closures of the runway Sunday nights through Friday mornings through October 23.
• Nightly closures Sun/Mon/Weds/Thurs are 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM Local.
• Nightly closure on Tues is 5:00 PM to 7:00 AM Local.
• RWY 20 ALS and RWY 2 PAPI are OTS through October 23.
• HIRL and RWY 20 PAPI are OTS continuously Sunday nights through Friday mornings through October 23.
• ILS RWY 20 is OTS whenever the runway is closed.
• All taxiway lights and signage and RWY 2 REIL remain out of service until project completion.
Please see the Work Area 4 Construction Plan for a visual depiction of these closures.
September 23 Update - Operational Impact – Work Area 4:
Work Area 4 commenced Sunday, September 20.
With the completion of Work Areas 2 & 3, all taxiways are available whenever the runway is open and back taxi operations to access the full length of the runway will no longer be required through the end of the project. Nonetheless, the operational impact of Work Area 4 remains significant. Whenever the runway is closed, lighted reflective barriers will block access to all taxiways that lead from the aprons and hangars to the runway. Ramp operations will be unaffected.
NOTAMs of course tell you what is closed. Given the number of them, it takes effort to determine what you CAN do. Here's a short list that will govern operations through October 23:
• Daytime flying Mon and Weds-Thurs 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
• Daytime flying Tues 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
• 24/7 flying from Fri 7:00 AM to Sun 8:00 PM.
• If the runway is open, the ILS is operational.
• Runway lights and RWY 20 PAPI are functional Fri and Sat nights.
General Project Description:
The project will be broken into four phases affecting airport operations:
• Work Area 1: Midfield Taxiways (from D to G)]
• Work Area 2: South Airport Taxiways (from F to H)
• Work Area 3: North Airport Taxiways (from B to E)
• Work Area 4: Runway
A new electrical control system and backup generator are included. The airport’s rotating beacon will be replaced with a new system and relocated closer to the runway. Engineering, design, and environmental reviews were completed with the assistance of Century West Engineering. The contractor is Colvico, Inc. The project is funded in part via federal and state grants under the FAA Airport Improvement Program and WSDOT Aviation Airport Grant Program. Not all expenses of this project were grant-eligible. Approximate percentage contributions are 90% FAA, 3.5% WSDOT Aviation, and 6.5% Port of Bremerton.
Construction commenced on Monday, July 27 and will continue until November 1. Project 54% complete as of September 20.
One minor but notable feature of this project: The airport’s rotating beacon on the east side of the runway operates automatically at night. It is also required to operate during daytime when less than visual flight conditions exist. Currently, and notably inefficient, Port staff must constantly monitor airport weather conditions and – if visual flight conditions do not exist – must manually turn the beacon on, then turn the beacon off when better weather returns. This lighting project will automate the beacon based on automatically sensed and reported daytime weather conditions, a major improvement in use of staff while also ensuring compliance with lighting requirements when Port staff is not present on weekends and holidays.
South Hangar Project Phase 1 Site Development: July 6 – Mid-October
This project addresses increasing demand for both corporate and general aviation hangars at Bremerton National Airport and is split into two phases.
Notice to Airmen:
Safety buffers for this project have resulted in the closure – for the duration of the project – of the unnamed taxiway west of and parallel to Taxiway A between Taxiway G and Taxiway H. Barriers block access to this taxiway.
September 23 Update:
Most underground utility, stormwater, and septic system work is complete. Grading and bed preparation for the access road, new apron, and new taxiway continue. A gas line extension to the site is underway immediately adjacent to the Gate 12 hangar access road. This project will continue to have a minimal effect on airport operations save for the one closed taxiway noted above. Condo hangars 14-1 through 14-4 remain temporarily inconvenienced until taxilane pavement is restored in front of those hangars. Paving of all surfaces is scheduled for October 5-6 as long as the weather holds.
General Project Description:
Phase 1 will provide three pad-ready sites for large corporate jet hangars (to be built by others). Plans for the future Phase 2 (timing TBD) include approximately 27-35 box and t-hangars of various sizes for general aviation aircraft, with the final configuration to be determined by an in-depth demand analysis of specific tenant needs. The completion of Phase 1, less actual hangar construction, is a prerequisite to moving forward with Phase 2. Phase 1 engineering, design, and environmental reviews were completed with the assistance of Century West Engineering. The contractor is Nordland Construction NW. The project is 100% funded by the Port of Bremerton.
Project start date was Monday, July 6 and will continue through mid-October.
Phase 1 is 81% complete as of September 20.
Construction of the first corporate hangar will begin almost immediately upon completion and final acceptance of the three Phase 1 pad-ready sites. When both project phases are complete and built out, the final result will be similar the depiction above.