South Dakota Pilots Association

South Dakota Best Maintained Airports

SD Best Maintained Airports

The SD DOT Office of Air, Rail & Transit initiated a “Best Maintained Airport” Awards Program in 2004. There was an award for “Best Maintained Small GA Airport” and another award for “Best Maintained Large GA Airport”. The Office of Air, Rail & Transit inspects all SD public use airports annually.

Criteria

The following are the criteria for the annual SD Airport Awards:

  • Airport must have all lights working including PAPIs (precision approach path indicator) and beacon (if applicable). There can be no burnt out bulbs, damaged bases, missing lights, etc.
  • Airport needs to be mowed in all areas that are required to be mowed.
  • All fences need to be maintained well and all gates closed and locked.
  • The entrance road must be in good shape with no potholes or bumps.
  • Airports need to keep their pavements in workable condition -- meaning proper maintenance needs to be done like crack sealing, crack repair, FOD (foreign object debris) removed.
  • There can be no obstructions that are in the approach slope areas. Obstructions are usually trees, but can be anything that penetrates the different slopes.
  • Pavement marking should be to FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) standards and in good shape.
  • All signs leading to the airport and on the airport (airside signs) should be readable, straight, not faded, and in proper place.
  • The airport should look neat, free from debris, and be kept up in a tidy fashion. In general it should look nice and be pleasing to the eye.

Award Program 2018 - Present

Starting in 2018, four categories of airports were eligible for the “Best Maintained Airport” awards.

Airport Categories:

Basic Service Airports:

Arlington, Clear Lake, Corsica, Fairburn, Groton, Herreid, Howard, Isabel, Kadoka, Kimball, Lake Andes, Lake Preston, Presho, Timber Lake, White River. [Footnote: Harrold became private in 2010; Dupree closed in 2011; North Sioux City private became no longer public 2011; McIntosh closed in 2013; Bowdle became private in 2015]


Small General Aviation Airports:

Bison, Buffalo, Canton, Clark, DeSmet, Eagle Butte, Edgemont, Eureka, Faith, Faulkton, Flandreau, Highmore, Hoven, Martin, McLaughlin, Murdo, Onida, Parkston, Pine Ridge, Platte, Rosebud, Sisseton, Springfield, Wall, Webster, Wessington Springs.


Medium General Aviation Airports:

Belle Fourche, Britton, Chamberlain, Custer, Gettysburg, Gregory, Hot Springs, Lemmon, Milbank, Miller, Mobridge, Philip, Redfield, Sturgis, Vermillion, Wagner, Winner.


Large General Aviation Airports:

Brookings, Madison, Mitchell, Spearfish, Tea, Yankton.


Air Carrier Airports are excluded from consideration:

Aberdeen, Brookings, Huron, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown.

Awards

Presented at SD Airports Conference in Watertown on March 27, 2019
2019 Basic Service: White River Katherine O'Brien, Airport Manager
Small GA: Martin Paul Noel, Airport Manager
Medium GA: Lemmon Mike Ginther, Airport Manager
Large GA: Mitchell Mike Scherschligt, Airport Manager

Best Maintained General Aviation

Tom Koch (left) SD DOT, Office of Air, Rail & Transit, presented the Best Maintained Small General Aviation Airport Award to Paul Noel (right), Martin Airport Manager.

Best Maintained General Aviation

Tom Koch (left) SD DOT, Office of Air, Rail & Transit, presented the Best Maintained Medium General Aviation Airport Award to Pat Bootz (right), president of the Lemmon Airport Advisory Board.

Presented at SD Airports Conference in Watertown on March 27, 2019
2018 Basic Service: Groton Terry Herron, Airport Manager
Small GA: Harding County Will Henderson, Airport Manager
Medium GA: Hot Springs

Ed Jensen, Airport Manager

Large GA: Yankton

Mike Roinstad, Airport Supervisor

Best Maintained Medium General Aviation - Ed Jensen

Tom Koch (left) SD DOT, Office of Air, Rail & Transit, presented the Best Maintained Medium General Aviation Airport Award to Ed Jensen (right), Hot Springs Airport Manager.

Best Maintained Large General Aviation - Mike Roinstad

Tom Koch (left) SD DOT, Office of Air, Rail & Transit, presented the Best Maintained Large General Aviation Airport Award to Mike Roinstad (right), Chan Gurney Airport Supervisor, Yankton.

Award Program 2011 - 2017

From 2011 to 2017, three categories of airports were eligible for the “Best Maintained Airport” awards based on the new categories in the SD State Aviation System Plan 2010-2030.

Airport Categories:

Basic Service Airports:

Arlington, Clear Lake, Corsica, Fairburn, Groton, Herreid, Howard, Isabel, Kadoka, Kimball, Lake Andes, Lake Preston, Presho, Timber Lake, White River. [Footnote: Harrold became private in 2010; Dupree closed in 2011; North Sioux City private became no longer public 2011; McIntosh closed in 2013; Bowdle became private in 2015]


Small General Aviation Airports:

Bison, Buffalo, Canton, Clark, DeSmet, Eagle Butte, Edgemont, Eureka, Faith, Faulkton, Flandreau, Highmore, Hoven, Martin, McLaughlin, Murdo, Onida, Parkston, Pine Ridge, Platte, Rosebud, Sisseton, Springfield, Wall, Webster, Wessington Springs.


Medium General Aviation Airports:

Belle Fourche, Britton, Chamberlain, Custer, Gettysburg, Gregory, Hot Springs, Lemmon, Milbank, Miller, Mobridge, Philip, Redfield, Sturgis, Vermillion, Wagner, Winner.


Large General Aviation Airports:

Brookings, Madison, Mitchell, Spearfish, Tea, Yankton.


Air Carrier Airports are excluded from consideration:

Aberdeen, Huron, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown.

Awards:

Presented at SD Airports Conference in Deadwood on April 11, 2018

2017 Basic Service: Clear Lake Don Ebbers, Airport Manager
Small GA: McLaughlin Lornie Hach, Airport Manager
Medium & Large GA: Miller

Terry Manning, Airport Manager


Presented at SD Airports Conference in Mitchell on March 29, 2017

2016 Basic Service: Howard Tim Clarke, Airport Manager
Small GA: Canton Bill Nelson, Airport Manager
Medium & Large GA: Hot Springs

Ed Jensen, Airport Manager


Presented at SD Airports Conference in Deadwood on April 6, 2016

2015 Basic Service: Arlington Amiel Redfish, Mayor / Airport Manager
Small GA: DeSmet Ryan Petersen, Airport Manager
Medium & Large GA: Winner

David & Tessa Howard, Airport Manager


Presented at SD Airports Conference in Sioux Falls on March 19, 2015

2014 Basic Service: Arlington Gene Lohan, Utilities Superintendent
Small GA: DeSmet Ryan Petersen, Airport Manager
Medium & Large GA: Belle Fourche

Jim & Valerie Anderson, Airport Manager


Presented at SD Airports Conference in Spearfish on March 27, 2014

2013 Basic Service: Arlington Gene Lohan, Utilities Superintendent
Small GA: Parkston Brenda Huether, Finance Officer
Medium & Large GA: Spearfish

Ray Jilek, Airport Manager


Presented at SD Airports Conference in Oacoma on March 27, 2013.

2012 Basic Service: Presho Dustin Smith, Airport Manager
Small GA: DeSmet Ryan Petersen, Airport Manager
Medium & Large GA: Milbank Jason Kettwig, City Administrator

Presented at SD Airports Conference in Deadwood on March 14, 2012.
2011 Basic Service: Fairburn (Custer State Park) Augie Heyne
Small GA: Onida Terry Barber, Airport Manager
Medium & Large GA: Winner Don Bice, Airport Manager

 

Award Program 2004-2010

Airport Categories

Small General Aviation Airports:

Arlington, Bison, Bowdle, Buffalo, Clear Lake, Corsica, Custer, Custer State Park (Fairburn), Dupree, Edgemont, Eureka, Faulkton, Flandreau, Harrold, Herreid, Highmore, Howard, Isabel, Kadoka, Kimball, Lake Andes, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Murdo, North Sioux City (private), Onida, Parkston, Platte, Presho, Redfield, Timber Lake, Wall, White River.


Large General Aviation Airports:

Belle Fourche, Britton, Canton, Chamberlain, Clark, DeSmet, Eagle Butte, Faith, Gettysburg, Gregory, Hot Springs, Hoven, Lemmon, Madison, McLaughlin, Milbank, Miller, Mitchell, Mobridge, Philip, Pine Ridge, Sisseton, Spearfish, Springfield, Sturgis, Tea, Vermillion, Wagner, Webster, Wessington Springs, Winner, Yankton (Yankton was first eligible in 2007 and was previously classified as an air carrier airport).


Air Carrier Airportsare excluded from consideration:

Aberdeen, Brookings, Huron, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown.

Awards

Year Small GA Large GA
2010 Wall Mitchell Presented at 2011 SD Airports Conference, Watertown
2009 Custer Co. Yankton Presented at 2010 SD Airports Conference, Deadwood
2008 Wall Yankton Presented at 2009 SD Airports Conference, Aberdeen
2007 Clear Lake Winner Presented at 2008 SD Airports Conference, Deadwood
2006 Parkston Mitchell presented at 2007 SD Airports Conference, Yankton
2005 Eureka Mobridge Presented at 2006 SD Airports Conference, Deadwood
2004 Wall Madison Presented at 2005 SD Airports Conference, Huron