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Carbon, Schuylkill airports recipients of gov't grants

Published May 02. 2012 05:01PM

Two local airports are among 27 across the state that have received federal and state funding for improvements.

The Jake Arner Memorial Airport in Mahoning Township is the recipient of a grant totaling $188,416.

The funding will be used to implement obstruction mitigation activities and apply seal coating to an aircraft parking apron.

The Schuylkill County/Joe Zerbey Airport near Pottsville has been awarded a grant totaling $200,556.

This money will be used to update the airport layout plan.

The grants were announced by Governor Tom Corbett and involve federal and state funds.

The funding for the 27 airports totals $12.6 million.

"More than $290,00 people in Pennsylvania rely on the aviation industry for jobs," Governor Corbett said. "It's vital to maintain investments in these airports so they can continue operating safely and are able to expand to meet business demands."

The state portion of funding - $805,547 from PennDOT's aviation development program - comes from the state's jet fuel tax and leverages more than $743,047 in local matching funds.

The Federal Aviation Administration is providing $11.8 million in grants through the block grant program, which is funded through taxes collected nationally on airline tickets, freight waybills, international departure fees, and the sale of aviation fuel.

Airports receive up to 95 percent of eligible project costs for projects included in Pennsylvania's 12-year transportation program.

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