Monday, September 22, 2014

Airport lands funding

Transport minister Lisa Raitt yesterday announced federal government is investing $36,173 for the purchase of a runway condition reporting system at the Fort Frances Airport.
This system will provide timely, accurate, and precise wireless reporting and recording of runway conditions.

Funding comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).
“The safety of the travelling public is a top priority for the Government of Canada,” said Raitt.
“This project will enhance safety at the Fort Frances Airport while supporting productivity and economic growth in the region,” she noted.
Fort Frances Airport supervisor Tom Batiuk was pleased to receive the funding.
“It will enable us to generate faster and more accurate runway condition reporting during the winter months, to allow for safe arrival and departure of both med-evac and scheduled service,” he remarked.
To date, through ACAP, the Fort Frances Airport has received more than $3 million for 10 safety projects, including yesterday’s announcement.
Previous projects included:
•the rehabilitation of Runway 12-30;
•the installation of a wildlife control fence;
•rehabilitation of airfield lighting; and
•the purchase of a snowplow truck with sand attachment and a runway sweeper.
Since the program started, the federal government has invested more than $631 million for 776 projects at 174 airports across the country.

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