2 state air­ports to get safety-re­pairs grants

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — Dal­ton LeFer­ney

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.

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