WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $182,000, through two grants, to the Bradford Regional Airport (BFD) in McKean, PA.
The FAA grants will help BFD pay for runway safety enhancements and purchase aircraft rescue and fire fighting protective equipment.
“These grants help meet the transportation needs and safety requirements of our regional airport authorities,” said Thompson.
“Through this federal support, the Bradford Regional Airport will meet safety requirements and be able to continue offering the best possible aviation transportation services for our rural communities.”
The FAA awarded the funding in the form of two grants:
Grant I: $47,250.00 to “Acquire Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Safety Equipment, Security Enhancements.”
This funding will provide for the acquisition of aircraft rescue and fire fighting protective equipment consisting of helmets, suits, boots and gloves. These security enhancements are required by Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1542.
Grant II: $134,750.00 to “Remove Obstructions for Runway 14/32, Phase II.”
This funding will provide for enhanced airport safety and support primary surface renovations on Runway 14/32 at the Bradford Regional Airport.
Bradford Regional Airport Manager Thomas Frungillo offered the following response upon hearing of the news.
“These funds will be used to enhance the airport operation and this equipment will provide an increased level of safety,” said Frungillo. “These projects will provide a benefit to the local economy and businesses.”
Bradford Airport Authority has contributed a local share towards the projects. The Bradford Regional Airport Authority has been serving Northwest Pennsylvania since 1948 and currently operates flights through Continental Airlines to Cleveland Hopkins Airport, with over 260 daily flights.