is awarding $17 million in new Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants to eight airports across the nation that are participating in its Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program.
The VALE program is an agency initiative that provides funding for airports to purchase equipment to shut off their auxiliary power units (APU) while parked at airport gates, allowing airlines to save fuel and reduce emissions. With the new grants, the selected airports will provide a central heating and cooling system that will connect to the aircraft to provide power in place of the APUs.
encourages airlines and airports to find creative ways to reduce aviation’s impact on the environment,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.
Airports selected for the new VALE grants include Albuquerque, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth, Boston Logan, Metroplitan Oakland, San Diego, Seattle-Tacoma and Syracuse Hancock.
Since 2005, FAA has invested $161 million to fund 56 VALE projects at 33 airports.