An airport operations study is underway at Thun Field.
Five wireless infrared cameras have been placed at both ends of the runway and at the midway point to capture takeoffs and landings at each runway end.
The traffic count data will be used during the upcoming master plan update to help Pierce County and the airport community plan for the future of the airport.
The study started in April 2016, and will last 18 months. American Aviation Professionals, the consultant conducting the study on behalf of Pierce County, will provide monthly and quarterly reports detailing operations during the daytime vs. night-time operations, by single vs. multi-engine aircraft, and by Runway 17 v. Runway 35. In May 4, 2016 198 operations were captured.
The study cost is $16,200 and is funded with local real estate excise taxes designated for the airport.