Iowa Transportation Commission Approves State Aviation Programs


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Iowa Transportation Commission Approves State Aviation Programs

Mike Mitchell

July 18, 2010 ? The Iowa Transportation Commission has approved nearly $4.7 million for several state aviation programs. The initiatives will include improvements to hangers, terminal buildings, runway improvement, enhance safety and accessibility, aviation weather observing systems (AWOS), etc. 

Vertical infrastructure programs will provide $2.25 million for projects at all eight commercial service airports and five general aviation airports throughout Iowa. These programs provide funding for maintenance and development of airport facilities, such as terminal buildings, maintenance facilities and aviation hangars. 

The Airport Improvement Program (AIP), funded with revenues from aircraft registration fees and aviation fuel taxes, will fund airfield and security projects totaling $1.46 million at 21 airports.


The AIP will also provide approximately $960,000 to fund statewide safety, planning and development programs to support safe flight operations within the state?s air transportation system and to enhance the safety, operation and accessibility of airports in Iowa.  

Programs funded by the AIP include: maintenance of aviation weather observing systems (AWOS); runway marking; windsocks; emergency operation repairs at publicly owned airports; match for federal statewide planning studies; assistance to local jurisdictions to update airport zoning ordinances and comprehensive plans to include compatible land use near airports; air service development to maintain and enhance passenger air service in Iowa; and wildlife mitigation at airports.   

Tables listed below covers projects funded through the FY 2011 State Aviation Program.


FY 2011 Commercial Service Vertical Infrastructure Projects


Type of improvement

Total project cost

State share

Southeast Iowa Regional (Burlington)

Rehabilitate hangars



Eastern Iowa (Cedar Rapids)

Rehabilitate boilers in terminal



Des Moines International

Construct sand and chemical storage, and vehicle storage buildings



Dubuque Regional

Design and construct passenger terminal, replace wind-damaged hangars



Fort Dodge Regional

Install airport security system, renovate hangar and renovate terminal



Mason City Municipal

Construct Fixed-Base Operator office addition



Sioux Gateway/Colonel Bud Day Field

Rehabilitate hangars



Waterloo Regional

Rehabilitate hangars








FY 2011 General Aviation Vertical Infrastructure (GAVI) Projects


Type of improvement

Total project cost

State share

Ankeny Regional Rehabilitate terminal building roof


Council Bluffs Municipal Construct two conventional hangars $416,474 $196,000
Davenport Municipal Construct six-unit box hangar $500,000 $150,000

 Iowa City Municipal

Construct six-unit box hangars



Spencer Municipal Rehabilitate hangar roofs $140,000 $91,000






FY 2011 Airport Development Projects


Type of improvement

Total project cost

State share

Cherokee County Regional

Rehabilitate terminal



Clarion Municipal

Rehabilitate hangar doors



Council Bluffs Municipal

Construct apron for new hangars



Creston Municipal

Improve fuel system (no self-serve)



Davenport Municipal

Extend taxi lane to future hangars



Decorah Municipal

Improve fuel system (no self-serve)



Eastern Iowa (Cedar Rapids)

Rehabilitate hangar apron and taxiway



Fairfield Municipal

Rehabilitate hangar taxiway pavement ?  phase 2



Manchester Municipal

Develop an airport layout plan



Marshalltown Municipal

Construct detention basin



Mason City Municipal

Modify fueling system to new filtration requirements



Milford Municipal

Pave taxiway to fuel apron



Muscatine Municipal

Rehabilitate municipal hangar and t-hangar



Northeast Iowa Regional (Charles City)

Install airfield gates and fencing



Onawa Municipal

Update airport layout plan



Osceola Municipal

Acquire a private conventional hangar



Ottumwa Regional

Rehabilitate hangars



Rockwell City Municipal

Replace fuel facility (no self-serve)



Shenandoah Municipal

Renovate maintenance hangar



Vinton Veterans Memorial

Rehabilitate runway 16/34 and grade object free area



Washington Municipal

Replace hangar approach and pavement under door








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