Division of Aviation Awards $2.1 Million to Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport for Runway, Electronic Improvements Wednesday, May 16, 2012

RALEIGH — As part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s ongoing commitment to improving aviation in North Carolina, the N.C. Division of Aviation awarded $2.1 million in federal block grant funds to Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport for capital improvement projects.

The funds will be used for improvements to the airport’s runway safety area, as well as installation of a new localizer. The runway safety area project will provide a level area off the end of the runway that will allow an aircraft to safely travel across it should it land long or short of the runway without causing structural damage to the airplanes. The localizer project will provide upgraded electronic equipment that aircraft can use during poor weather and visibility conditions.  

These funds came from a $22.8 million Federal Aviation Administration block grant that the Division of Aviation received at the end of September 2011 and is administering. The division is awarding multiple sub grants to general aviation airports across the state for a variety of capital improvement projects.

Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $22.9 million a year impact on North Carolina and supports more than 110 jobs, based on a 2006 statewide economic impact study.

Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in 2009, the Division of Aviation has awarded more than $125 million in funding to state airports. These funds enable airports across the state to provide improvements that support economic development and job opportunities.

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