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Airport weather tracking system still has hurdles to clear

The Sunnyside Municipal Airport will be home to a new automated weather observation system (AWOS), however there are still a few steps in the process to getting it in place before the airport committee can say the project is complete.

Port of Sunnyside Director Amber Hansen is on that committee, which met last night. She said committee members discussed the next step in the process, which is for the electrical engineering firm designing the set-up for the AWOS to advertise for bids for a pad, which will serve as the base for the system.

"That will take between 30 and 45 days for engineering," said Hansen, stating bid proposals must also be submitted to the FAA for approval.

"We are looking at January before the AWOS will be operational," she said, adding the city of Sunnyside's public works supervisor, Shane Fisher, had hoped the process would move along a little faster.

"However, when working with federal approval processes, the time table is longer than any would hope," Hansen said.

She said the end of the wait is near, it's just not quite there yet.

Also discussed at last night's Sunnyside Airport Committee meeting was the need to research building codes pertaining to airport property.

Hansen said it is important for the committee to know what standards are in place so that, in the event that anyone wishes to build on the property, the committee can determine whether or not the project meets building codes for an airport.

Hansen said the committee also discussed researching how landings and take-offs at the airport might be tracked to give the committee a better idea of how much the Sunnyside Municipal Airport is used.

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