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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded funds to improve Hazard’s Wendell H. Ford Airport. The $40,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant will support the rehabilitation of the runway, resulting in enhanced safety for aircraft operations.
“Our Perry County pilots deserve to have the best conditions possible in order to keep take-off and landing aircraft and passengers out of harm's way,” said Rogers. “This rehabilitation at the airport addresses known runway flaws and affirms our commitment to aviation safety. I applaud the Department of Transportation for recognizing the importance of our rural airports and for giving these communities the tools necessary to meet the highest standards.”

These funds will allow the Hazard/Perry County Airport Board to undertake much needed repairs to the runway, where ponding of water has created safety concerns. With 33 aircraft based on its field, including single-engine airplanes, multi-engine airplanes, jets and a helicopter, the Wendell H. Ford Airport averages 28 aircraft operations per day. Since 2009, Rogers has also secured $642,500 to support the Hazard/Perry County Airport Board in developing a critically-needed instrument landing system at the airport, which provides guidance to aircraft approaching the runway and aids in the landing of the aircraft. 

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 FAA 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