Emergency Plan

May 26, 2017

Chippewa County International Airport (CIU)

Airport Emergency Contingency Plan

Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) has prepared this Emergency Contingency Plan pursuant to Section 42301 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Questions regarding this plan can be directed to Tami L. Beseau at chippewacountyairport@outlook.com. CIU is filing this plan with the Department of Transportation because it is a commercial airport.

This plan describes how, following excessive tarmac delays and to the extent practicable, CIU will:

  • provide for deplanement of passengers.
  • provide for the sharing of facilities and make the gate available at the airport; and
  • provide a sterile area following excessive tarmac delays for passengers who have not yet cleared United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP).

CIU has facility constraints that limit its ability to accommodate diverted flights and strongly encourages aircraft operators to contact the airport at: (906) 495-5631 Ext. #4 for prior coordination of diverted flights, except in the case of a declared in-flight emergency. Specific facility constraints include:

  • one boarding bridge, having a lift height range of 36″ to 168″ (91 cm to 427cm)
  • one gate to accommodate passengers enplaning and/or deplaning
  • a passenger terminal facility, with a total of 8,282 square feet available for public access/use
  • restroom facilities limited to:
    • 12 toilets
    • 3 urinals
    • 7 sinks
  • twelve (12) building locations to obtain drinking water
  • maximum inventory of 30 vehicles available for rental
  • there is no lodging available at the airport
  • there is no food and/or beverage service available-vending machines only

During diversion events CIU issues NOTAMs regarding its ability to accommodate diverted flights to ensure the same and efficient operation of the airport and its ability to service the civil aviation needs of the public during irregular operations events.

Airport Information

Name of Airport: Chippewa County International Airport
Name and title of person preparing the plan: Tami L. Beseau, Airport Manager
Preparer contact number: (906) 495-5631 Ext. #4
Preparer contact e-mail: chippewacountyairport@outlook.com
Date of submission of plan: May 26, 2017
Date of submission of plan amendment: June 19, 2012
Airport category: Non-hub

Contact Information

In the event of diversion or other irregular operations events, aircraft operators should make contact as follows for assistance:

  • Airport management at (906) 495-5631 Ext. #4 weekdays 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (ET)
  • Fuel department (906) 495-3835 7 days a week 5 a.m. – 6 p.m. (ET)
  • After hours manager cell – (906) 322-3651 – any time needed

Plan to Provide for the Deplanement of Passengers Following Excessive Tarmac Delays

CIU does not operate any of the equipment needed to safely deplane passengers from air carrier aircraft and is, therefore, unable on its own to provide for the deplanement of passengers. Additionally an extremely limited number of airport personnel are trained to assist in the deplanement of passengers using equipment operated by service provider. We will provide airline (Delta Airlines) and ground handler service provider ((DGS) contact information to airlines as soon as practicable after receiving requests from such airlines experiencing excessive tarmac delays at the contact number listed above.

Plan to Provide for the Sharing of Facilities and Make Gates Available in an Emergency

The gate at CIU is under exclusive lease to the air carrier (Delta Airlines) and are not controlled by the airport during those time periods when Delta is using or scheduled to use the gate. We are unable to direct Delta to accommodate another air carrier aircraft at its exclusively leased gate during those time periods when the gate is in use or scheduled to be in use. We will direct Delta, our tenant air carrier, to make the gate and other facilities available to an air carrier seeking to deplane at this exclusively-leased gate during those time periods the gate is not in use or not scheduled to be in use to the maximum extent practicable.

Plan to Provide a Sterile Area for Passengers Who Have Not Cleared United States Customs and Border Protection

CIU does not have international passenger processing facilities. We will coordinate with local CBP and TSA to identify suitable procedures for utilizing TSA’s security screening areas, including the secured passenger lounge, as a temporary sterile areas into which international passengers on diverted aircraft who have not yet cleared United States Customs and Border Protection can be deplaned into this temporary sterile area to the extent practicable considering limited area of 1,749 square feet.

Public Access to the Emergency Contingency Plan

CIU will provide public access to its emergency contingency plan through the following means:

  • Posting in a conspicuous location on the airport website (www.airciu.com).
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