2 state airports to get safety-repairs grants
The Federal Aviation Administration will give two state airports a total of $277,655 to improve safety conditions for plane landing and taxiing.
The Lake Village Municipal Airport was awarded $77,350, and the Stuttgart Municipal/Carl Humphrey Field in Ulm will get $200,315, according to an FAA document.
Airport project engineer Joey Wallace said Friday that the Lake Village airport will use some of its grant to pave drainage ditches along the taxiway toward the ramp.
Two navigational towers will also be replaced, he said, adding that they have been standing since the airport was built in the 1960s.
One of the towers is called a wind cone. The large, orange cone helps pilots determine the direction of the wind during landing. Airport staff said the other tower is so old that is has become dangerous to repair, causing the beacon atop it to be unreliable, and that is troublesome for nighttime landing.
The Stuttgart airport will use its grant money to fix some of its runway guide lights, Wallace said.