Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and Record of Decision
Environmental Assessment for Phase II Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Facility
Development at the Pensacola International Airport
The Federal Aviation Administration, Orlando Airports District Office, has announced that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Record of Decision (ROD) has been approved based on the findings of an Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared for proposed expansion of a Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facility at the Pensacola International Airport (PNS). The overall Proposed Development Project components evaluated in the EA are summarized below.
- Expand the existing MRO facility by constructing two additional 200,000 square-foot hangars, a 50,000 square-foot warehouse for receiving parts and materials, and a 3-story 120,000 square-foot office space to support MRO operations. The facilities will be located southeast of the intersection of Langley Avenue and Tippin Avenue. Automobile entrance and exit roadways, including intersection improvements, and auto parking areas used for supporting facility operations will also be constructed.
- Construct aircraft parking aprons required for accessing and supporting the MRO hangars, general airport overflow, and overnight commercial aircraft parking and an aircraft wash-rack apron to support proposed MRO functions. Construct a 75-foot-wide aircraft taxilane used to connect new aprons to Taxiway A. Install airfield lighting and signage, as well as lighting for roadways and parking lot.
- Site preparation, including removal of existing pavement, clearing and grubbing, and grading; construction of new stormwater management systems and improvements to existing stormwater management systems; installation of new airport perimeter fence and gates; and installation of utilities to the site (i.e., electric, natural gas, water, sewer, and communications).
The components of the overall Proposed Development Project that comprise the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Proposed Action include the construction of the two hangars, the aprons, the taxilane, and the new perimeter fence and gates. These components are subject to review under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The remaining components of the Proposed Development Project do not require Federal action; however, they depend on the portions of the project requiring FAA approval in order to be constructed or operated as planned and were, therefore, considered in the EA.
As described in the EA, the airfield improvements would increase the size and capacity of the existing MRO operations at PNS. The Proposed Development Project is forecasted to generatevan additional 20 aircraft operations at PNS in 2024 and 40 additional operations in 2029. The aircraft that would comprise those additional operations include Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Boeing 757, Boeing 767 or Boeing 777. Similarly, the project would increase vehicle/truck trips at the airport by 3,793 trips in 2025. The EA analyzed the increase in aircraft noise levels associated with the operation of the Proposed Development Project. There are some existing noise sensitive sites (included residences) within the current DNL 65 dB and higher contours. However, the change in noise associated with the Proposed Development Project would be negligible and would not be noticeable. The EA evaluated traffic impacts and determined that the 2 surrounding network has available capacity beyond the trips that will be generated by the Proposed Development Project, so the study area traffic Level of Service (LOS) will not be impacted. In addition, the Proposed Development Project is not expected to impact air quality, protected species or their habitats, historical and cultural resources, or wetlands and other water resources. The EA did not identify any significant environmental, social, or economic impacts associated with the overall Proposed Development Project and FAA’s Proposed Action.
The FONSI/ROD indicates that the FAA Proposed Action is consistent with existing environmental policies and objectives as set forth in the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 in that it will not significantly affect the quality of the human environment. Copies of the FONSI/ROD and Final EA are available to the public at the following locations:
Pensacola International Airport – Airport Administration
2430 Airport Blvd. Suite 225
Pensacola, FL 32504
Open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm (no appointment necessary)
Phone: (850) 436-5000