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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a grant for improvements at the McCreary County Airport. The $96,435 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant will support the design of a new fuel farm, as well as the installation of safety-enhancing perimeter fencing.

“This is great and welcome news for McCreary County,” said Rogers. “Investments in planning and safety will move this important regional airport forward in the midst of difficult economic times. I applaud the federal government for supporting our smaller airports and the leadership of McCreary County airport officials in seeking out these funding opportunities. With our growing and improving network of general aviation airports, we are making great strides to bring businesses and travelers to our region.” 

Some of the funding will support the installation of perimeter fencing, deterring unauthorized access and wildlife from entering the airfield. The remainder of the funds will be used to address shortfalls with the existing fuel system at the airport through the design of a new 100 gallon fuel system, or fuel farm. Once completed, the new fuel farm will store the necessary fuel for aircraft on site, improving air quality and roadway safety by eliminating the need for regular deliveries of fuel. With two single-engine aircraft based on the field, the McCreary County Airport averages 25 aircraft operations per week, almost exclusively general aviation.

Grants are awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The FAA is responsible for the safety of civil aviation. The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) provides grants for the planning and development of public-use airports, including improvements related to enhancing airport safety, capacity, security, and environmental concerns. For small primary, reliever and general aviation airports, such as those in Southeastern Kentucky, the grant covers 95 percent of eligible costs. 
Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit