More than $7M in Federal Grants Awarded to Support Nebraska’s Aviation System

Nebraska will be awarded more than $7 million in federal grants through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to support the state’s aviation system.

The Airport Improvement Program is a United States federal grant program that provides funds to public use airports to help improve safety and efficiency and strengthen the nation’s aviation infrastructure. Prior to the September announcement Nebraska airports had received over $18 million in AIP funds.

“Nebraska’s transportation system, our airports and air capabilities greatly impact the economic health and quality of life of the state,” said NDOT Director Kyle Schneweis. “I want to thank the Trump Administration and the Nebraska Federal Delegation for recognizing the impact and supporting aviation. Not only will this funding provide airports with needed safety improvements it will also fund NDOT’s Aviation System Plan to help us evaluate the aviation needs of the state and help grow Nebraska.”

Ann Richart

Ann Richart, Director of Aeronautics, explained “AIP grants are vital to Nebraska airports. This year especially, airports are struggling with revenue shortfalls resulting from COVID-19 and these grants will help support needed improvements. Additionally, this last AIP round includes the final grant, of two, which will fund our State Aviation System Plan. The plan will pave the way for Nebraska’s aviation future by setting measurable goals for the Nebraska aviation system, identifying aviation current needs, and recognizing future needs. The plan will be developed through public input and expert technical analysis.”

Nebraska grants awarded this fiscal year

September 2020 – $7,090,247

  • Kearney Regional Reconstruct Taxiway $6,921,000
  • State of Nebraska State System Plan $169,247

July 2020 – $666,666

  • Hastings Municipal Rehabilitate Equipment Building $166,666
  • State of Nebraska State System Plan $500,000

June 2020 – $5,287,211

  • Alliance Municipal Acquire Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Safety Equipment $100,000
  • Central Nebraska Regional Install Perimeter Fencing not Required by 49 CFR 1542 $2,222,222
  • State of Nebraska State System Plan $75,000
  • North Platte Regional Airport Lee Bird Field Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $577,500
  • Eppley Airfield Improve or Modify Access Road $939,156
  • W NE Regional/William B Heilig Field Expand Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Building $1,011,111
  • Wahoo Municipal Reconstruct Runway $362,222