• County, Scott AFB Renew Airport’s Joint-Use Agreement

    County, Scott AFB Renew Airport’s Joint-Use Agreement0

    The St. Clair County Board this week approved a new 25-year joint-use agreement for the airport at Scott Air Force Base in southwestern Illinois. One change from the existing agreement is the threshold for when the Air Force needs to reimburse the county for using MidAmerica Airport’s runway. The previous agreement defined substantial use as 100 daily landings for three consecutive days. The new agreement changes the definition of substantial use to 300 landings or a gross cumulative weight of 5 million pounds of government aircraft landings in one month. If the Air Force reaches the threshold for substantial use of MidAmerica’s runway, the two parties can discuss appropriate compensation, said Airport Director Tim Cantwell …

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  • Modernizing Infrastructure at Ft. Hood a Priority for IMCOM Commander

    Modernizing Infrastructure at Ft. Hood a Priority for IMCOM Commander0

    Following a tour of Fort Hood earlier this month, the new commander of the Army’s Installation Management Command (IMCOM) applauded the efforts of community leaders to support the Central Texas post. Rather than focusing on the importance of the installation to the surrounding community, local officials understand how they can support military families by offering high-performing schools, creating employment opportunities and securing funding at the community, state and federal levels, said Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, who assumed command of IMCOM in November. There’s a “real, genuine and important connection” between Central Texas communities and Fort Hood …

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  • FAA Accepting Applications for Military Airport Program0

    Former military airfields and joint use airports have two months to apply to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Military Airport Program (MAP), a valuable source of funding for capital improvements. The fiscal 2016 MAP has nine slots available for new participants or existing participants eligible for redesignation. One of the slots is slated for a general aviation airport, according to the Nov. 18 Federal Register notice. The program allows participating airports to receive grants from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Participants may be able to receive grant funds from a set-aside — currently 4 percent of AIP discretionary funds — for airport development, including certain projects not otherwise eligible for AIP assistance, including fuel farms, utilities, automobile parking, hangars and air cargo terminals …

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  • FAA Taps England Air Park for Military Airport Program0

    The Federal Aviation Administration selected Alexandria International Airport, located at the former England Air Force Base in central Louisiana, to participate in the Military Airport Program (MAP), providing the airport funds for a major apron rehabilitation project. Alexandria was the only former military airport or joint use airport added to MAP this year, the second straight year FAA has picked only one participant. A total of 15 airports can participate in the program at one time. The England Economic & Industrial Development District, which is responsible for turning the former air base into England Air Park, is expected to receive about $9 million because of this designation …

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  • Florida County Considers Acquiring Airport Property from Eglin AFB0

    In a bid to save money and help shield Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., during a future round of base closures, Okaloosa County officials are considering purchasing the property of the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport that it now leases from the installation. County commissioners on Tuesday voted to ask county airport officials to research the issue, reported Northwest Florida Daily News. The county currently leases the 131-acre airport property for about $400,000 a year. The airport had been called Northwest Florida Regional Airport until its name was changed earlier this year …

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  • Efforts to Support Vance AFB to Focus on Boosting Military Value0

    Construction of a 2,300-foot runway extension at a regional airport that it is intended to support Vance Air Force Base, Okla., is under way and on track to be completed next summer. The project will lengthen the runway at Enid Woodring Regional Airport to 8,000 feet, allowing T-38 aircraft from Vance to use the airport for regular operations, as well as to divert there due to strong crosswinds or threatening storms. The regional airport is about 8 miles from Vance …

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