BURLINGTON, Iowa – Aug. 11, 2015 – The Iowa Transportation Commission today approved approximately $5.3 million for the fiscal year 2016 State Aviation Program, which includes several subprograms detailed below.
The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) will fund $3 million for aviation safety, planning, and airport development projects at 22 airports throughout Iowa. Projects funded through the AIP include runway, taxiway, and apron development; navigational aids; maintenance of aviation weather systems; runway marking; windsocks; emergency operational repairs at publicly owned airports; match for federal statewide planning studies; land-use planning; air service development; and wildlife mitigation at airports. AIP programs are funded with revenue from aircraft registration fees and aviation fuel taxes.
Aviation vertical infrastructure programs will provide $2.3 million for projects at 10 general aviation airports and eight commercial service airports throughout Iowa. These programs provide funding for the maintenance and development of airport facilities, such as terminal buildings, maintenance facilities, and aviation hangars. Vertical infrastructure programs are funded through the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund (RIIF).
“The State Aviation Program is essential to maintaining the safety and effectiveness of air transportation in Iowa,” said Iowa DOT’s Office of Aviation Director Michelle McEnany. “Iowa’s air transportation system is critical to the movement of goods and people.”
The State Aviation Program supplements local and federal funding sources, and seeks to maintain a safe and balanced statewide air transportation system. Details on the FY 2016 State Aviation Program funding can be viewed at: www.iowadot.gov/aviation/managersandsponsors/statefundingprograms.html.
Contact: Shane Wright, Iowa DOT’s aviation program manager, at 515-239-1048 or email@example.com