Port of Camas-Washougal

Background

Grove Field is located in Clark County, Washington approximately three miles north of downtown Camas along State Highway 500. Clark County is in south western Washington, bordered by the Columbia River and the State of Oregon on the south and the Cascade foothills on the north and east. The City of Camas is situated in eastern Clark County and is served by State Highways 14 and 500. Public transportation in the City of Camas is provided by C-Tran bus service. There are also Greyhound Bus and Amtrak stations in the City of Vancouver (14 miles west of Camas).

Grove Field was originally constructed in 1945 on 15 acres of land purchased by Ward Grove. At the time, the runway was 1,650 feet long. In 1946, Ward Grove purchased an additional 10 acres of land and extended the runway to its current length. An FBO hangar was also constructed at this time and is still used as an FBO today. In 1962, the Port of Camas/Washougal acquired the Airport and has owned and operated the Airport since that time. Over the years, several hangars have been constructed, taxiways and taxilanes were built and paved, the runway was paved, and a series of other Airport improvements have been made.

In 2006-7, the Port of Camas-Washougal, with the assistance of Washington State Department of Transportation, Aviation Division (WSDOT Aviation), prepared an Airport Layout Plan. The Plan included an inventory of airport facilities, forecasts for future airport demand, and a comparison of facilities to FAA design standards.

Airports are classified according to ARC, which takes into account aircraft wingspan and approach speeds. Grove Field is currently classified as A-I (small), with a future designation as B-I (small). The alpha change in the ARC designation represents a change in the approach category, and does not affect the design standards for the airport.

The FAA has established several airport design standards to protect aircraft operation areas and keep them free from obstructions that could affect the safe operation of aircraft. These include the runway safety area (RSA), object free area (OFA), obstacle free zone (OFZ) and the runway protection zone (RPZ). If the airport accepts FAA funding, the design standards for these safety areas must be met.

  • Runway Safety Area – A defined surface surrounding the runway, prepared or suitable for reducing the risk of damage to airplanes in the event of an undershoot, overshoot or an excursion from the runway. A RSA width of 120 feet is required for Grove Field; only 80 feet is currently available.
  • Object Free Area – An area on the ground centered on the runway or taxiway centerline provided to enhance the safety of aircraft operations. No above ground objects are permitted in the OFA, except for objects that need to be located in the OFA for air navigation or aircraft ground maneuvering purposes. An OFA width of 250 feet is required; approximately 120 feet is available, due to trees within the protected area.
  • Obstacle Free Zone – A volume of airspace that is required to be clear of objects, except for frangible items required for aircraft navigation. It is centered along the runway and extended runway centerline.
  • Runway Protection Zone – is an area off the runway end to enhance the protection of people and property on the ground. The RPZ is trapezoidal in shape and centered around the extended runway centerline. The dimensions of the RPZ are a function of the runway ARC and the approach visibility minimums. The existence of Delp Road on the west end and the mobile home park on the east end are not consistent with RPZ requirements.