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 $727,650 in State Aid to Airports funds to
Shelby-Cleveland County Airport for land acquisition.
funds will be used to help bring the airport in line with Federal Aviation
Administration guidelines by acquiring approximately 17.1 acres of avigation easement
and 5.8 acres of fee simple land acquisition needed for the runway protection
zones that are not currently under control by the city of Shelby. The runway
protection zones are trapezoidal shaped areas that are in place to enhance the
protection of people and property on the ground beneath the aircraft approach
path close to the runway.
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 $15.1 million a year cumulative impact on North
Carolina and supports more than 160 jobs, based on a 2012 statewide economic
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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