The Carlisle Municipal Airport was approved last week for a 90/10 grant for airport upgrades.
The $354,794 Federal Aviation Administration grant received will be used for the partial overlay of the east and west taxiway as well as the purchase of an automated weather observing system. Total for the two part project is estimated to be $391,994.
According to airport commissioner Larry Pasley, the new automated weather system will not be the most up to date, but will offer pilots as well as citizens the opportunity to call in and check the current weather conditions at the airport. He said while the system does not include cloud cover as they would have liked, it will include the barometric pressure, wind speed and temperature. Pasley said while they had hoped for a more upgraded system, this was the one the airport could receive and the commission felt better about having it than nothing at all.
Overlay work will amount to about two thirds of the taxiway, according to Pasley. He said there has not yet been a start date set but the project is expected to start this summer. According to the airport commission engineer, Joey Wallace of Grimes Consulting Engineers, the project is expected to be completed within 60 days of the start date.
In addition, Pasley said the airport has applied for state funding to build a new eight bay t-hanger. He said the airport hangers are currently full and a waiting list for renters continues to grow.
“Our name is in the pot at least,” Pasley said.
Pasley added state funding has been reduced so the airport commission is unsure when or if they will be approved for funding to build a new hanger. The airport currently houses 38 planes.
The next regular scheduled airport commission meeting will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 11 in the pilot’s lounge.