FAA Announces Over $282 Million in Infrastructure Grants
In a Press Release last week, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it will award $282.6 million in airport infrastructure grants to 67 airports in 29 states across the U.S. This is a major part of the FAA’s Aiport Improvement Program (AIP) which aims to provide grants for the planning and development of public-use airports.
What is the AIP?
The AIP is the latest initiative program set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration. It provides grants to public agencies for the development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS).
The grants being issued will cover 75% of eligible costs but for smaller primary, and general aviation airports the grant will cover a range of 90-95% of costs based on certain requirements. For an airport to be eligible it must also meet certain requirements, such as the following:
- Publicly owned, or
- Privately owned but designated by FAA as a reliever, or
- Privately owned but having scheduled service and at least 2,500 annual enplanements.
Projects that are eligible include those regarding airport safety, capacity, security and environmental concerns. The FAA must be able to determine that the projects are justified based on civil aeronautical demand. The projects must also meet Federal environmental and procurement requirements. But projects related to airport operations are not eligible for funding. Operational costs – such as salaries, equipment, and supplies – are also not eligible for AIP grants.
Which airports received funding?
While the list is expansive and available on FAA’s website, DOT Drug Testing USA has several of the recipients and their funding amounts available below:
Nuiqsut Airport in Nuiqsut AK, $7 million – funds will be used to repair runway 5/23.
Auburn University Regional Airport in Auburn, AL, $3 million – funds will be used to repair the taxiway.
Richard Arthur Field in Fayette, AL, $1.6 million – the grant will be used to repair Runway 18/36.
Scottsdale, Airport in Scottsdale, AZ, $1.3 million – funds will be used to repair the airport apron.
Metropolitan Oakland International Airport in Oakland, CA, $3.2 million – funds will be used to build 25 charging stations for low emission vehicles.
Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Oxford, CT, $28.9 million – funds will be used to repair Runway 18/36.
New Castle Airport in Wilmington, DE, $5.4 million – grant funds will be used to construct an airport taxiway.
Tallahassee International Airport in Tallahassee, FL, $4.4 million – funds will be used to repair the airport apron.
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