Division of Aviation Awards $634,000 in State, Federal Funds to Cape Fear Regional Airport for Capital Improvements Monday, October 15, 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 $634,000 in Federal Block Grant and State Aid to Airports funds to the Cape Fear Regional Jetport at Howie Franklin Field in Oak Island for capital improvement projects.

The division awarded $549,000 in federal funds to help pay for construction to complete a parallel taxiway. The airport also received $85,000 in state funds to install a multipurpose operations building on the west apron of the airport to create a safe area for airport personnel, air crews and passengers away from any aircraft on the runway. Cape Fear Regional has recently experienced an increase in operations using the west terminal area apron and this building will provide a staging area for equipment on the west apron.

The federal funds came from a $25,216,288 Federal Aviation Administration block grant that the Division of Aviation received at the end of September 2011. The DOA programmed this grant out into multiple sub grants to general aviation airports across the state for a variety of capital improvement projects.

The State Aid to Airports Program is NCDOT’s basic airport aid program. This program provides funds for the purpose of planning, acquiring, constructing or improving municipal, county and other publicly owned or controlled airports, and to authorize related programs of aviation safety, promotions and long-range planning.

Cape Fear Regional Airport is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $61.7 million a year impact on North Carolina and supports more than 600 jobs, based on a 2012 statewide economic impact study.

Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in 2009, the Division of Aviation has awarded more than $150 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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