to airport Deputy Director Casey Denny, C.M. The
concrete originally was installed to accommodate
light fighter training aircraft. “With large commercial
carriers now using the facility, it is critical that we
upgrade our old pavements to accommodate the
aircraft currently using the airport as outlined in the
airport master plan,” Denny explained.
To provide the funds necessary to complete the
taxiway and runway reconstruction, the airport
will tap into its non-grant capital program, which
is used to cover projects that are not AIP eligible or
are not high-priority AIP projects, Denny said.
For example, he said, “We operate and
maintain approximately 500,000 square feet of
facilities, many of which are 40-50 years old. In
addition, we operate and maintain the fuel farm
and FBO. Important capital renewal projects on
our facilities (HVAC system replacement, roof
replacements and electrical upgrades) will be
deferred, as will the acquisition of replacement
fueling equipment and ground service equipment
planned for the FBO.”
AAAE has been making progress in its efforts
to convince Congress to reconsider its decision
to reduce the federal share for AIP projects at
small airports. The fiscal year 2013 transportation
spending bill, which the Senate Appropriations
Committee approved in April, includes a provision
that would allow small airports that started — but
did not complete — phased projects before the
FAA bill was enacted into law to receive the 95
percent federal share for fiscal year 2013 grants.
The House version of the transportation spending
bill includes a similar provision.
Although AAAE is pushing for a broader fix
that would extend the higher federal share for all
small airports in fiscal year 2013 and retroactively
cover fiscal year 2012 grants, the provision in the
pending transportation spending bill is considered
to be a step in the right direction.