Master Plan – Project Components
Stakeholder Working Group
A Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) was formed early in the project to provide input into the
planning process. The members of the SWG have been asked to attend and participate in five (5)
meetings. A list of the Stakeholder Working Group members can be found here:
Member List to
Existing Conditions – Inventory
This section of the Master Plan discusses the history of the airport; physical facilities on the
airport; the regional setting of the airport and surrounding land uses; the environmental setting
of the airport; socioeconomic and demographic data for the airport service area; historical
aviation activity; and airport business affairs.
Draft Inventory (click link below to view files)
Aviation Demand Forecasts
Future airport demand is driven by many factors, including the local and regional economy,
competing airports, military operations, industry issues, and new technology. In this task, these
elements have been identified and evaluated relative to their effect on activity at EWN and include
input from the airport, airlines, GA users, cargo operators and airport tenants.
Aviation forecasts for airline passenger demand and operations, general aviation based aircraft
and operations, and cargo operations have been prepared and developed through the planning
horizon of 2036. Presented in five, ten and twenty year forecasts this chapter of the Master Plan
Update includes short, medium and long-range projections of aviation activity.
An objective of the Master Plan Update is to determine the additional facilities that will be required
to accommodate the forecasted activity through 2036. The Facility Requirements begin with an
evaluation of the airport’s current facilities to determine if they are compliant with current FAA
design standards and an assessment of the ability of existing facilities to meet current and future
demand. Where they cannot, additional facilities that will be needed to accommodate the unmet
demand have been identified.
The facility requirements have been completed in a manner consistent with the guidelines and
standards established in the FAA Advisory Circulars. Facility Requirements are developed without
consideration of any constraints, that is, to understand the requirements under an ideal situation.
The findings of the capacity analyses and facility requirement determinations will form the
foundation for the identification of development alternatives and the selection of the alternatives
that can best meet future demand.
After compliance with FAA design standards has been determined, the Master Plan Update will
determine and assess future development options, referred to as Alternatives. This section of the
plan will identify and evaluate alternatives for meeting the needs of airport users as well as the
strategic vision of the airport and Craven County. The key elements of this process include:
- Identification of alternative means to address facility requirements identified in the
- Evaluation of the alternatives to compare the strengths, weaknesses, and projected costs
- Selection of the recommended alternative to be shown on the Airport Layout Plan.
In coordination with the Stakeholder Work Group and FAA, the recommended alternative will be
identified by the project team and the Airport Commission. The plan will discuss which
alternatives were considered, why particular alternatives were discarded, and why the
recommended alternative was selected.
Airport Master Plan Update Part 1 Report
This task provides for the development of the working papers and reports developed for this
master plan, as well as the Part 1 draft and final report. A full-color, brochure style executive
summary of Part 1 will be developed. The audience of this executive summary will be the airport,
the host community, legislature, policy makers, and the general public.
The next steps in the Airport Master Plan Update project will include obtaining new airport mapping, and preparation of the Airport Layout Plan Drawing Set. The project culminates with development of a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) that provides EWN with a systematic approach to Implement and Fund the improvements required to accommodate the forecasted demand. The CIP will provide a chronological order for airport development and will be used in the preparation of a financial plan that will identify funding sources for each project.