FAA grant to improve airport

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FAA grant to improve airport

Portsmouth Daily Times – The Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport has received a $111,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help make some improvements to the airport.

“We are going to get a new wind sock and light. We’ve had our current wind sock since the ’50s. The wind sock is on a tower and has lights all around it. We’re going to have that whole unit replaced,” said Paul Brogdan, Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport Manager.

The airport also has an Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) that has also been at their since the 1950s.

“This is something that can be heard on a plane or on the telephone by calling 740-820-2500. The system gives detailed weather information about current conditions at the airport. We still have the original system and this money will allow us to replace that system with the newest and latest technology,” Brogdan said.

Brogdan said the airport is also going to do some drainage work.

“This property is about 314 acres, as the years go by you have to keep the drainage working right. When some of the old piping caves in it creates sink holes. This money will allow us to take steps to improve a lot of that,” Brogdan said.

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