Good to Great January - March 2007
The Aviation Division has begun measuring the condition
of airport runways in the state using the New Mexico
Tech Engineering School. Condition of runways, (PCI)
can be indicator of the potential needs of these airports,
and is instrumental in projecting and prioritizing critical
pavement projects. Since November, 2006, 26 airports
(14 additional since the last quarterly report), have been
analyzed on site using sophisticated software that com-
putes the PCI. The project is ongoing.
Airport Capital Improvement Program
Aviation	has	a	twofold	responsibility,	first	to	improve
the New Mexico airports infrastructure, and second to
increase Intrastate, Interstate and International Air Service
to all communities.
The New Mexico Airport Pavement infrastructure is
deteriorating due to drought, oxidation, and since July 2006
from unusual heavy rain and snow. For FY06 the State,
Local Sponsors and the Federal Aviation Administration
committed airport improvement grants totaling almost
$22 million dollars across 36 projects. FY07 is currently
budgeted at $22.5 million dollars. The New Mexico Air-
port System Plan for the period 2007-2012 was completed
in	December	2005.	The	needs	identified	or	requested	by
airport sponsors add up to $372 million through 2012.
The average annual needs are $62 million.
The State may need to fund projects without Federal
assistance if the AIP program is cut as planned. Failure
to address these needs will result in closing airports due
to unsafe runway pavement conditions.
In addition the state has available $700,000 in match-
ing funds for the Small Community Air Service Program.
Air Service continues to be problematic with the increase
in fuel prices and the low number of boarding passengers
of commuter airlines serving New Mexico. During the
past calendar quarter Air Service from Gallup to Phoenix
appears to be on track to start as early June, 2007, pend-
ing Transportation Security Administration s