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 $2.96 million in State Aid to Airport funds
to the Moore County Airport in Southern Pines for capital improvement projects.
airport will extend Runway 5 and its parallel taxiway 600 feet. The runway
extension will help make the airport safer by providing additional takeoff
length for larger aircraft as it will be more than 6,100 feet.
airport also will upgrade its medium intensity approach lighting
system with runway alignment indicator lights, as well as install new radio
transmitting and receiving equipment. The lighting project will provide better
visibility for aircraft approaches into the airport during bad weather. The
radio equipment will give pilots more reliable and direct communication access
to air traffic control.
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
County Airport has an approximate $35.2 million a year cumulative impact on
North Carolina and supports more than 260 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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