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Local airports receive federal grants

Alabama Senator Richard Shelby’s office announced airports around the state would receive grants for projects. A few of those airports are in the Wiregrass.
Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 6:17 PM CDT
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EUFAULA/HEADLAND, Ala. (WTVY) -- Alabama Senator Richard Shelby’s office announced airports around the state would receive grants for projects.

A few of those airports are in the Wiregrass.

First stop is Headland where the municipal airport has received a grant worth $282,500 grant for an automated weather observing system.

“If a pilot is planning a trip to Headland, he will know the conditions here whenever he leaves the departing point and that way, said Hedland Municipal Airport Manager Pete Crews. “It gives them how to plan their approach better and for safety it’s everything.”

In Eufaula, Weedon Field Airport is receiving a $137,765 grant to purchase land and clear the trees and debris that still sits on it from the tornado that came through the airport last March.

"The main thing they wanted to do when the tornado destroyed the airport was to modernize this airport and expand it," said Weedon Field Airport Manager Lacey McCall.

A long list of aircraft is waiting to call Weedon Field home.

"Whenever the land is cleared, we will then build more hangers to house more aircraft at this airport," McCall added.

Both airports will soon see an economic gain from these projects.

"We have a lot of jet traffic at this airport because Eufaula is an industry town, so having more hangers to be able to house more aircraft is only going to benefit the city," McCall added.

"This weather system will give us an increase in traffic hopefully better fuel systems which helps our local economy here at the local airport so that's one of the big factors in getting this is the increase of traffic and the size of traffic," Crews finished.

South Alabama Regional Airport, outside of Andalusia, also received a grant upwards of $166,000 to construct extend and improve the safety area.

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