Division of Aviation Awards Nearly $3 Million in State Funds to Moore County 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 $2.96 million in State Aid to Airport funds to the Moore County Airport in Southern Pines for capital improvement projects.

The 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.

The 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.

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.

Moore 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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