November 2020

Although COVID-19 has limited the ability to meet in person, this did not stop the Project Team from conducting the first of two Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings. The PAC meeting was held virtually on September 23rd and was attended by key aviation stakeholders, including Aeronautics Commission members, airport managers, the FAA, and representatives from various state offices and departments. During the meeting, the Project Team presented an overview of the WV AEIS, initial findings from data collection efforts, and future tasks including final deliverables. PAC members were engaged during the meeting through a series of questions, open-ended discussions, and requests to provide feedback on current tasks. Click here to view the PAC meeting presentation and meetings notes.

Despite initial project delays due to the pandemic, data collection tasks are beginning to wrap up. Through surveys and site visits, airport managers identified 140 on-airport tenants and over 250 aviation-reliant businesses across the state. from these survey responses will be used to model economic impacts at various levels.

While the tenant and business surveys have concluded, we are still collecting surveys from out-of-state visitors who visit West Virginia using commercial service or general aviation (GA) until December 2020. Out-of-state visitors generate new spending within the economy and capturing the economic impact of these activities is an important component of the WV AEIS. If you are an out-of-state visitor traveling to West Virginia, we kindly ask you or a member of your party to complete one of the surveys here. We greatly appreciate your participation!