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Friday, August 24, 2012

FAA Awards Grants for More Airport Improvements

FAA is awarding two grants totaling $6.6 million for two Washington state airports.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the grants Thursday, a $2.5 million grant to improve air quality at Spokane International Airport and a $4.1 million grant to rehabilitate Runway 17/35 at Tacoma Narrows Airport.

“We are committed to helping airports around the country make infrastructure investments that will reduce fuel costs, protect the environment and enhance safety,” said LaHood in a statement.

The Spokane grant is awarded through FAA’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program, to enable the airport to install a land-side power unit and pre-conditioned air unit at their aircraft gates. Aircraft currently sitting at the gates use auxiliary power units that burn jet fuel, and these new units will connect them to a central heating and cooling system to save fuel and reduce aircraft emissions.

The Tacoma grant will be used to extend the useful life of the pavement and provide more traction for aircraft landing and taking off in wet weather conditions for Runway 17/35.

“The FAA encourages airlines and airports to find constructive ways to reduce aviation’s impact on the environment and to make needed safety investments,” said Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.


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