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Governor Bredesen Announces Grants for John C Tune Airport in Nashville

Sunday, October 01, 2006 | 07:00pm

Grants awarded through TDOT’s Aeronautics DivisionNashville, TN—Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that the state will provide Aeronautics Grants in the amount of $1,292,500 to the John C. Tune Airport to assist with improvements to that facility.

“The John C. Tune Airport, like many general aviation airports, serves as an important hub for businesses operating in the state, for shipping, and as a reliever airport for larger flight centers,” said Bredesen. “These airports are a key component of the state’s transportation system and I’m pleased we can make this investment in Davidson County.”

“The funds from these grants will be used for important security upgrades, construction of T-hangers and other improvements at John C. Tune airport,” said Senator Douglas Henry. “I’m pleased to see that TDOT and the state selected this project for an aeronautics grant.”

“Security improvements are essential for airports across the state,” said Representative Gary Moore. “This is a good investment for the state.”

Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely explained that the grants are made available through the department’s Aeronautics Division. “This Division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system,” reported Nicely. “We are pleased to be able to provide millions of dollars each year for the betterment of our airports through our grant programs.”

Grant applications are reviewed by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a five member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state airport system plan.

“These grants can have a significant impact on the future of a general aviation airport and its economic contributions to our state,” said TAC Chairman Lonnie Strunk. “Our board examines the applications carefully to ensure that the funds will be put to good use.”

The TDOT Aeronautics Division also has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 126 heliports and 75 public/general aviation airports. General aviation includes all aircraft not flown by commercial airlines or the military. The Aeronautics Division also provides aircraft and related services for state government executives, staffing for the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission, and numerous educational support programs. The division’s offices include Administration, Finance & Grant Management, Engineering & Program Development, Flight Services, and Planning & Programming.

The Davidson County Legislative Delegation also represents the Nashville area in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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