Redmond Airport Declared a "No-Fly Zone"
May 2, 2016
That's right---the Redmond Municipal Airport is officially a no-fly zone for the next 3 weeks while it undergoes runway reconstruction. You'll need to drive down from Portland if you're coming here from out of state. But, hey--beautiful views abound on that road trip!
Also known as RDM, the airport will be closing the airfield to all fixed wing aircraft.
This includes commercial passenger airlines from May 2- May 22, 2016.
Having met the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) runway pavement life span of twenty years, it's time for an overhaul to meet modern and current FAA design standards.
It needed to be completely closed due to the layout of the two runways at RDM--they form an X with an intersecting point crossing one another. The airfield will not need to close in the future when that runway is reconstructed with careful planning.
Normally a 90-day process, the contractor is shortening it to 21 days in two ways. One, by completing as much work as possible prior to the paving process and secondly, working 24 hours a day with a large crew.
The Airport Terminal will remain open during the airfield closure. Car rental agencies and airlines will be open for business with reduced hours. The pay parking lot will also be in operation. The two Fixed Based Operators (FBO), Butler Aircraft Services and Leading Edge Jet Center, will also remain open with reduced hours.
Contact information for these businesses can be found on RDM’s website www.flyrdm.com . The website also has a link for closure information which contains transportation options and information.