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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded funds to improve the Pike County Regional Airport-Hatcher Field. The $190,097 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant will enable the Pike County Airport Board to design a new taxiway at the airport.

“Eastern Kentucky depends on a robust and safe general aviation system to realize future growth opportunities,” said Rogers. “These design funds will set in motion needed safety improvements at Hatcher Field and increase the long term viability of this Pike County airport. I applaud the Department of Transportation for recognizing the importance of our rural airports and for taking action to ensure these communities have the resources necessary.”

These grant funds will support the design phase of a parallel taxiway, which is necessary to eliminate the need to taxi aircraft on the runway. The Pike County Regional Airport-Hatcher Field is 6 miles northwest of Pikeville, Ky. With 23 aircraft based on its field, including single- and multi-engine airplanes, the Pike County Regional Airport supports 24 aircraft operations per day.

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