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.
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.
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.
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
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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