Aeronautics Commission Disburses $1.2 Million at Quarterly Meeting

The West Virginia Department of Transportation Aeronautics Commission held its quarterly meeting Wednesday, April 28 in Upshur County and disbursed more than $1.2 million  in federal and state grants to state airports and civil air patrols.  

Seven of the state’s commercial airports were awarded a one-time grant of $15,000 each to begin or continue a marketing campaign to increase passenger traffic with the ultimate goal of increasing federal funding. 

In the Commission’s FY2011 budget, each Civil Air Patrol squadron was awarded a $10,000 grant.  The Civil Air Patrol provides disaster relief and emergency assistance nationwide including search and rescue missions, flood recovery assistance, humanitarian and Homeland Security assistance.  The Civil Air Patrol also provides aerospace education and cadet programs. 

Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport in Martinsburg was granted $184,230 in federal funds with a state match of $9,696 to conduct a noise compatibility study.  Tri-State Airport in Huntington was awarded $906,838 in federal funds with a state match of $47,728 for taxiway construction.

Both grants are a continued 5% match of the FAA’s 95% funding. Last year, the West Virginia Aeronautics Commission increased state matching funds from 2.5% to 5% to airports that received a new grant from the FAA AIP Program from April, 2009 through June 30, 2010.  In the motion that passed on Wednesday, the increased level of funding will be extended from July 1 through June 30, 2011.  

Said Governor Manchin, “Any time we are able to direct more resources to enhance the quality of airports in West Virginia, provides a benefit to our citizens and businesses.  Airports are vital components to our state’s infrastructure and I applaud the commission for their work.”

Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox, who serves on the Commission, stated, “Adequate funding of our airport system is fundamental to the success of the State of West Virginia in so many respects.  Not only does this continued funding allow them to compete on a national scale, but as our airports grow and prosper, so do our airport communities.”

North Central West Virginia Airport was awarded a $150,000 USDOT Small Community Air Service Development Grant to increase air service and the Commission voted to provide a state match of $20,000.

Also, the Commission unanimously voted to continue its commitment to provide the funds for required airport firefighter training.


Commercial Aviation Airports                          

Greenbrier Valley Airport (Lewisburg)                                                                   $15,000

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport (Parkersburg)                                                     $15,000

Morgantown Municipal Airport (Morgantown)                                                         $15,000

North Central West Virginia Airport (Bridgeport)                                                     $15,000

Raleigh County Memorial Airport (Beckley)                                                           $15,000

Tri-State Airport (Huntington)                                                                                $15,000

Yeager Airport (Charleston)                                                                                  $15,000


Civil Air Patrols                                                 

Beckley Composite Squadron                                                                               $10,000

Boone Composite Squadron                                                                                  $10,000

Charleston Cadet Squadron                                                                                   $10,000

Clarksburg Composite Squadron                                                                            $10,000

Greenbrier Composite Squadron                                                                            $10,000

Martinsburg Composite Squadron                                                                          $10,000

Mercer County Composite Squadron                                                                      $10,000

Mid-Valley Composite Squadron                                                                            $10,000

Morgantown Composite Squadron                                                                          $10,000

Parkersburg Composite Squadron                                                                           $10,000

Potomac Highland Composite Squadron                                                                  $10,000

Wheeling Composite Squadron                                                                               $10,000


 Airport Improvement Grants 

Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport      

Conduct Noise Compatibility Plan Study

Total Project Cost:  $193,926     State Match:  $9,696

Contact:  Bill Walkup (304) 263-2106                                


Tri-State Airport

Construct Taxiway  

Total Project Cost:  $954,566   State Match: $47,728           

Contact:  Jerry Brienza (304) 636-2726


Small Community Air Service Development Grant

North Central West Virginia Airport

USDOT Grant - $150,000

State Match - $20,000



Susan Chernenko

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