Opinion: This will mean tighter security around the airport as the airport prepares to begin possible commercial flights next summer. I spoke with several sources around the airport and the airport has started meetings with main tenants regarding these changes. Some of the changes that will be enforced, is no more escorting of non essential vehicles to include cars visiting airport hangars without prior clearances. It's common practice for aircraft owners to meet visitors at gates to let them in and allow them to follow them to their hangars and this will be tightened down. We will also see the tightening of allowing aircraft spotters using ladders near fences, I have been informed this won't be allowed under TSA guidelines. Similar rules are in effect at KSEA and other commercial airports. The fly days hosted by Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, as well as Historic Flight foundation will have to change they way they handle crowds as well.
Everett Herald Article: Grading permit issued (Excerpt below)
EVERETT — Snohomish County planners issued a grading permit Wednesday to the company seeking to build an air passenger terminal at Paine Field. The move was widely expected after Propeller Airports settled a land-use appeal earlier in April over the terminal’s stormwater drainage plans. Groundbreaking is expected by summer, CEO Brett Smith said. Before that happens, the company needs to sign a lease agreement with Snohomish County. The county is due to receive about $429,000 in yearly rent once that takes effect. Plans call for a 29,300-square-foot terminal building with two gates.