Coast Guard Project
Airport to hold Public Information Workshop on proposed Coast Guard facility project
The U.S. General Services Agency (GSA) is in the process of preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the lease of a facility to be constructed at Corpus Christi International Airport (CCIA). GSA will in turn lease the facility to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard will relocate its current operations from the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station (NAS) to CCIA. The EA will be prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969.
The U.S. Coast Guard's current hangar location is not optimal, increasing transit times between duty berthing of the personnel who operate and support the aircraft and the hangar, and between the hangar and the runway. Response times are slowed by the need to stop traffic, open a gate, and cross a road in order to move aircraft from the hangar to the runway. Additionally, the proximity of the current 60-year old facility to the seawall subjects aircraft and the facility itself to excessive corrosion, resulting in significantly higher lifecycle maintenance costs than the rest of the fleet located away from seawalls. Without a new facility, the planned new aircraft to be acquired by the U.S. Coast Guard to meet their mission needs will have to alternate staying outside on the ramp next to the seawall. The new HC-144 is a avionic/sensor intense aircraft and has wiring bundles and connectors that are very susceptible to corrosion. The mission readiness requirements of the new aircraft cannot be met under these conditions. In contrast, CCIA is located approximately 11 miles inland and would remove aircraft from the excessively corrosive environment at NAS, significantly reducing aircraft maintenance costs. Because available sites at CCIA are much closer to active runways than the current location at NAS and ready crew berthing would be located in the proposed hangar, response time would significantly improve.
The proposed development site at CCIA consists of approximately 9.6 acres of land and is accessible by vehicle via Pinson Drive or Business Center Boulevard. Aircraft will access the hangar via a connection to Taxiway "M".
A Public Information Workshop regarding the proposed development project will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Airport Conference Center. Airport staff will be present at the workshop to receive comments regarding the project.