Monday, October 5, 2009

Local Airport Gets Major Grant

Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that an aeronautics grant in the amount of $450,000 has been approved for Upper Cumberland Regional Airport, which is co-owned by the governments of Cookeville, Sparta, Putnam and White counties. Funds from the aeronautics grant will be used for a new T-Hangar at the airport. The grants are made available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division.

"This division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee's public aviation system," said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely.

Except for routine expenditures, grant applications are reviewed by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a five member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state airport system plan. The TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 126 heliports and 75 public/general aviation airports. The Division also provides aircraft and related services for state government and staffing for the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.