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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded funds to improve the Tucker Guthrie Memorial Airport. The $190,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant will fund an Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) which offers more precise weather data to pilots who use this Harlan County airport.

“Ensuring that our pilots have the latest technology available to them is essential to keeping travelers safe,” said Rogers. “This upgrade at the Tucker Guthrie Memorial Airport improves on the long tradition of general aviation in our region. I applaud the Department of Transportation for recognizing the importance of our rural airports and for taking action to ensure that they have the resources necessary to support the local community and provide aviators with accurate weather and safety information.”

Automated Weather Observation Systems are operated by FAA and considered highly efficient and cost-effective tools to ensure pilots receive the most accurate weather conditions available. An AWOS promotes safer flight operations by making available to pilots real-time data about weather variables such as visibility, wind speed and direction, atmospheric pressure, temperature, humidity and precipitation. With 12 aircraft based on its field, including single- and multi-engine airplanes, the Tucker Guthrie Airport averages 107 aircraft operations per week, 86% 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 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