Division of Aviation Awards $727,650 to Shelby-Cleveland County Airport for Land Acquisition 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 $727,650 in State Aid to Airports funds to Shelby-Cleveland County Airport for land acquisition.

The 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. 

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.

Shelby-Cleveland 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 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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