Master Plan Update

Airport Master Plan Update - Public Survey

The data collected in this survey will assist the City and the Airport Master Plan Advisory Committee in making decisions for the improvement of the airport.

The purpose of this Airport Master Plan Update (AMPU) is to revise the existing facilities, forecasts, facility requirements, and development alternatives as identified in the 2003 AMPU. In addition, an implementation schedule will be prepared that includes cost estimates and environmental impacts for the recommended improvements. This study will be prepared in conformance with all relevant FAA design standards.

Dillant-Hopkins Airport (FAA identifier EEN), is a general aviation airport located two miles south of the center business district of Keene, in Cheshire County, New Hampshire. The airport covers 888 acres and has two runways. The airport is owned and operated by the city of Keene, who is considered by the FAA and NHDOT as the official sponsor of the facility. The airport is also a public use facility, meaning it is opened to all users, 24 hours a day, seven days week.

Runway 2-20 is 6,201 feet long and is designated the primary runway (because of its length and available instrument approach procedure

s). The secondary or crosswind runway is designated 14-32.  This graphic is the FAA’s official airport diagram. Note the location and orientation of the two runways, the taxiway system and the location of key buildings, such as the terminal and hangars.

The airport is served by several instrument approach procedures, all serving Runway 02. IAPs provide electronic navigation enabling pilots to safety execute an approach during inclement weather.

Runway designations are based on the approximate magnetic orientation of the runway (rounded with the last and sometimes first digits removed). Thus, Runway 2-20 has an approximate magnetic orientation of 020 and 200 degrees.

Early in its history, the airport enjoyed six decades of regularly scheduled airline service from the early 1940s to 1998, however today airport activity is a wide range of general aviation aircraft and operations, ranging from small single engine training aircraft to large business jets, including the Gulfstream III owned and operated by C&S Wholesale Grocers. In fact, the GIII is considered the airport’s design aircraft, which is the largest and fastest aircraft that regularly uses the airport. The design aircraft forms the basis for many design standards, such as runway and taxiway width, distance between runways, taxiways, parking areas, buildings, etc.

As of July 2015, the airport was called home by some 80 aircraft with annual operations of around 49,000.  Sixty-nine percent of the based aircraft are single engine piston airplanes, and 78% of all operations are considered “local”, meaning the aircraft takes off and lands back at EEN with no intermediate stops (typically local training flights). The remaining 22% of operations are itinerant; flights that originate at or depart for other airports.

In addition to C&S, the city leases space to both Green River Maintenance & Flight Center and Monadnock Aviation. Green River provides aircraft rental and flight instruction, and Monadnock is a full service fixed base operator (FBO), providing a wide-range of aviation services, including fuel, aircraft maintenance, pilot flight planning services, rental cars, as well as aircraft rental and flight training.

The focal point of the airport is the 11,000 square foot terminal building. While it once served as the airline ticketing and passenger processing center, as well as a restaurant, today it houses the airport’s administration offices as well as Monadnock Aviation. The building is also a key part of this study as addressed in the section titled: What are the key AMP action items?

Click this link to access the FAA’s Airport Master Record for additional information.



 Airport Master Plan (AMP)

An Airport Master Plan is a comprehensive study of an airport that describes the short, medium, and long term development plans to meet future aviation demand. The AMP, which is completed using FAA guidelines and using the approved scope of work, becomes essentially a “road map” to guide efficient future development with the flexibility to react to changes. The product of a Master Plan is an Airport Layout Plan (ALP) which is required for an airport to be considered for federal project funding.

Planning Advisory Committee

The City of Keene has enlisted the help of a planning advisory committee (PAC) to help develop the EEN master plan. The PAC is made up of local residents; representatives from area jurisdictions, chambers, associations and businesses. In addition, staff from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics (who also represents the Federal Aviation Administration) attend PAC meetings.  As adopted by the city, the PAC will provide input and insight on technical issues and weigh the master plan recommendations against community goals.  The PAC will serve as a sounding board and information exchange group for stakeholders. This committee is considered to be advisory and has no decision making power of its own.  Decisions on incorporating recommendations from the Planning Committee will be determined by the City of Keene. 

Committee Members 

Dr. Ann Shedd
Elizabeth Bendel
Jack Dugan
Janis Manwaring
Joseph Briggs
Kenneth Colby, Jr.
Michael M. Welsh, Chair
Phil Suter
Rhett Lamb
Robert Bergevin
W. William Hutwelker, III
William Summers

EEN Airport Master Planning Process



What are the key AMP action items?


  • Update Aviation Activity Forecasts
  • Identify the Critical Design Aircraft
  • Review Total Airfield Operational Capacity
  • Analyze Terminal Building Space Needs
  • Analyze Existing & Future Runway Configuration
  • Develop a Realistic Project Implementation Plan
  • Update the Airport Layout Plan (ALP)

Why an Update now?

The last AMP for EEN was completed in 2003 and the FAA recommends updating master plans ever 5-7 years. In addition, with the growth in the regional economy, what is the realistic aviation demand for EEN? Activity has fallen short of estimates from the 2003 study; how has this affected the airport and what changes, if any, are required? From 2003 to 2015:

  • Based aircraft projections and operations fell short of the 2003 estimates
  • National trends in General Aviation have changed considerably since 2003.
  • The crosswind runway’s orientation, length and width need to be reevaluated to ensure its meets current and forecasted needs.
  • Determine how many hangars and aircraft parking spaces are realistically needed in today’s GA climate.
  • What is the best use and value of the terminal building?
  • Given changes in technology, what “green” or “sustainability” options are realistically available in modernizing the terminal building.
  • FAA design standards have changed since 2003; what affect do these changes have on the airport? 

How Can I Be Involved In the Project?

  • Visit Airport Master Plan Update webpage for updates and to review study documentation
  • Friend [insert Facebook Page Name/link] on Facebook and visit the site often for project updates and meetings schedules
  • Attend Public Information Meetings (dates to be announced)
  • Submit comments onto to the project team here: [insert link] Note: I suggest a SurveyMonkey arrangement for comments (I can set it up). 

Key Project Contacts

Rebecca Landry

Assistant City Manager

(603) 357-9802




Rhett Lamb

City Planner

 (603) 352-5474

Ervin Deck

Stantec Consulting Services

(207) 887-3828

Carol Niewola


(603) 271-1675




Technical Report, Existing Conditions Inventory (October 30, 2015)

Airport Master Record (US DOT, FAA)