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The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has announced that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $2.3 million have been approved for 10 Tennessee airports, including the Fayetteville Municipal Airport.
A grant totaling $540,000 has been awarded to the local airport for design and construction of an aircraft storage hangar. That grant represents $486,000 in federal dollars, along with $27,000 in state funds and another $27,000 in local matching moneys.
Another $128,000 grant — of which $121,600 is state funds and $6,400 local — will be used for site prep for construction of the aircraft storage hangar, according to the announcement made last week by TDOT. The grants are made available through the TDOT’s Aeronautics Division. The division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system.
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 board carefully reviews all applications for grants to ensure that the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be used for needed improvements.
The TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 142 heliports and 79 public/general aviation airports. The division also provides aircraft and related services for state government and staffing for the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.
Located in Park City, the Fayetteville Municipal Airport is under the oversight of the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Airport Authority, which owns and operates the airport. It is also under the management of Fayetteville Aviation headed by Mark Cobb.