U.S. Representative Glenn `GT' Thompson, R-Howard, today announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded two grants to the University Park Airport, State College, Pa., totaling $950,000. The funding will go to safety improvements to University Park's general aviation apron and taxi lighting system, and the airport's master plan study, a 20-year development framework required by FAA for aviation planning operations.
"This funding will help improve ground and passenger safety through rehabilitation of critical airfield operations, which will allow University Park Airport to continue offering reliable and safe transportation options for the community," said Rep. Thompson. "These are welcome improvements that will facilitate ground movements of air traffic and also benefit local businesses and the economy over the long haul."
"We are always appreciative of Congressman Thompson's support," said University Park Airport Director, Bryan Rodgers, upon hearing of the news. "This funding is critical as we deal with operational improvements, identify infrastructure needs, and plan for long-term development in order to meet the demands of the traveling public."
Grant I: $450,000 for University Park Airport's taxiway lighting system, which requires rehabilitation to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions, and safety improvements to the general aviation apron.
Grant II: $500,000 for the University Park Airport's Master Plan Update as required by the FAA. University Airport's Master Plan provides a 20 year development framework that indentifies airfield projects and non-airfield development.