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1/17/2018: New Grants Help Improvements Take Flight at Four NC Airports

New Grants Help Improvements Take Flight at Four NC Airports

Posted 1/17/2018 2:08:22 PM

RALEIGH –  From commercial airports that are among the world’s busiest to rural airports that support farms and manufacturers, each is a vital part of a connected transportation infrastructure. To keep North Carolina moving, the state requires a top-class system of airports that transports people and cargo while attracting business investments from all over the world. To that end, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation has approved state and federal funding for four airports for a total investment of $13 million, with most of it going to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.  “Grants such as these make sure we maintain that link between our state and national and global markets,” said Division of Aviation Director Bobby Walston. “They keep our 72 public airports safe and able to better serve the pilots, businesses, and passengers that rely on them.” The following airports received state funding: Burlington-Alamance: $167,000 for a sewer expansion to the east side of the airfield; Curtis L. Brown (Elizabethtown): $265,000 for design, bid and archaeological study on a new airport industrial park; Odell Williamson (Ocean Isle Beach): $33,334 for phase one of a new perimeter fence; Raleigh-Durham International: $12,540,193 for taxiway rehabilitation. Airports and aviation-related industries contribute $31 billion to North Carolina’s economy each year, per a 2016 report. There are 123,400 airport-related jobs in the state. The Division of Aviation is responsible for state airport and aviation system planning and development. It also provides funding to communities for constructing and improving airports throughout the state. Contact: James Pearce               (919) 812-1685               jpearce2@ncdot.gov
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1/12/2018: NCDOT Named to AUVSI Trusted Operator Program

NCDOT Named to AUVSI Trusted Operator Program

Posted 1/12/2018 8:14:15 AM

RALEIGH –  The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will be playing a leading role in a new group set up to improve and standardize the nationwide drone industry. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has appointed NCDOT to the steering committee that will help develop a new Trusted Operator Program (TOP) for drone pilots and training organizations. “This gives us a unique opportunity to be a lead in creating training standards for the nation,” said Darshan Divakaran, UAS Program Engineer with NCDOT. “Exciting times ahead.” The TOP was established in November 2017 to unite the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) community and develop consistent best practices, codes of conduct and professionalism for drone operators and service providers. NCDOT is the only state government agency in the country to be named to the program. More information about the TOP can be found on AUVSI’s website. Contact: James Pearce             (919) 812-1685             jpearce2@ncdot.gov
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12/15/2017: New Grants Help Improvements Take Flight at Six NC Airports

New Grants Help Improvements Take Flight at Six NC Airports

Posted 12/15/2017 10:48:03 AM

RALEIGH –  From commercial airports that are among the world’s busiest to rural airports that support agriculture and manufacturing, each is an integral part of the transportation system. To keep North Carolina moving, the state requires a top-class system of airports that transports people and cargo while attracting business investments from all over the world. To that end, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation has approved state and federal funding for six airports, for a total investment of over $3.6 million. “Grants such as these help link our state to national and global markets,” said Division of Aviation Director Bobby Walston. “They keep our 72 public airports safe and able to better serve the pilots, businesses, and passengers that rely on them.” The following airports received state funding: Albert J. Ellis (Richlands/Jacksonville): $400,000 for construction of an air traffic control tower and $864,708 for an extension of the general aviation apron and new hangar sites; Burlington-Alamance: $460,941 for completion of phase II of airport perimeter fencing; Concord: $70,000 for runway strengthening; Mount Airy-Surry County: $135,000 for runway and taxiway extension, widening, strengthening and rehabilitation, and new lighting. These airports received federal funding: Charlotte-Monroe Executive: $912,000 for runway and taxiway lighting rehabilitation; Siler City: $760,000 for lighting rehabilitation. Airports and aviation-related industries contribute $31 billion to North Carolina’s economy each year, per a 2016 report. There are 123,400 airport-related jobs in the state. The Division of Aviation is responsible for state airport and aviation system planning and development. It also provides funding to communities for constructing and improving airports throughout the state.
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12/6/2017: Albert J. Ellis Airport Breaks Ground on New Control Tower

Albert J. Ellis Airport Breaks Ground on New Control Tower

Posted 12/6/2017 12:49:05 PM

JACKSONVILLE –  Thanks in part to $2.4 million in grants awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation, Albert J. Ellis Airport in Richlands is finally getting its own air traffic control tower (ATC). Serving over 300,000 passengers per year, Ellis Airport is one of the busiest commercial airports in the United States without its own ATC tower.  The tower is estimated to be completed by the end of 2018 at a total cost of $4.5 million. Ellis Airport contributes over $237 million and 370 jobs to the economy of Jacksonville and Onslow County, as well as $4.9 million in state and local tax dollars. Recent estimates put the economic impact of North Carolina’s entire airport system at more than $31 billion a year. Airports support more than 123,000 jobs across the state, and return more than $910 million annually to state and local governments in taxes. “Our airports return more than $9 in state and local tax revenues for every $1 the state invests,” says Division of Aviation Airport Development Manager Jon Arnold, “and major projects like this new ATC tower will benefit the region for decades to come.” The state money comes from the State Commercial Airports Fund.  It was administered in two separate grants, dated May 11, 2016 and November 9, 2017.
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12/1/2017: Improvements Coming to 11 NC Airports

Improvements Coming to 11 NC Airports

Posted 12/1/2017 11:58:25 AM

RALEIGH –  The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation has approved state funding for 11 airports, for a total investment of almost $4.7 million.  “These grants will allow airports to become safer, and better serve the pilots, passengers, and businesses that use them,” said Division of Aviation Director Bobby Walston. “Airports are a critical part of our transportation system, and these projects will help improve the link between our state and national and global markets.” The following airports received funding: Ashe County: $18,112 for project closeout on a runway extension, precision approach path indicator (PAPI) installation and obstruction survey that were completed last year; Curtis L. Brown Field (Elizabethtown): $126,000 for site work on the new terminal building and $35,000 for paving at the terminal parking area; Elkin Municipal: $1.3 million for runway saftey area extensions; Fayetteville Regional: $1,139,670 for airport improvements; Laurinburg-Maxton: $275,000 for replacement of the instrument landing system localizer; Pitt-Greenville: $1,100,070 for taxiway pavement rehabilitation; Richmond County: $160,373 for apron reconstruction and hangar relocation; Rockingham County/NC Shiloh: $266,400 for apron rehabilitation; Smith Reynolds (Winston-Salem): $172,000 for land acquisition and obstruction clearing; Statesville Regional: $12,045 for taxiway lighting rehabilitation and guidance sign installation, new PAPIs, runway end identifier lights and windsocks; Tri-County (Aulander): $57,940 for a waterline extension to the terminal building. The Division of Aviation is responsible for state airport and aviation system planning and development. It also provides funding to communities for constructing and improving airports throughout the state. North Carolina has 72 publicly owned airports and nearly 300 privately owned airports, landing fields, and helipads.  Ten airports have regularly scheduled commercial airline service, and two serve international destinations.  There are over 7,000 registered aircraft based in the state, and 14,000 registered pilots.  Every year, more than 56 million passengers fly to and from North Carolina and 1.3 billion pounds of cargo pass through the state’s airports. Airports and aviation-related industries contribute $31 billion to North Carolina’s economy each year, per a 2016 report. There are also 123,400 airport-related jobs in the state.
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