Tennessee DOT Approves Grants for 13 Airports

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced last week that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $12.2 million have been approved for 13 Tennessee airports.

Airports receiving grants include :

Centerville (Hickman County) – Centerville Municipal Airport

Memphis (Shelby County) – DeWitt Spain General Aviation Airport

Chattanooga (Hamilton County) – Lovell Field

Savannah (Hardin County) – Savannah-Hardin County Airport

Cleveland (Bradley County) – Cleveland Municipal Airport

Smithville (DeKalb County) – Smithville Municipal Airport

Columbia (Maury County) – Maury County Regional Airport

Shelbyville (Bedford County) – Shelbyville Municipal Airport

Covington (Tipton County) – Covington Municipal Airport

Tri-Cities (Sullivan County) – Tri-Cities Regional Airport

Jackson (Madison County) – McKellar Sipes Regional Airport

Tullahoma (Coffee County) – Tullahoma Municipal Airport

Winchester (Franklin County) – Winchester Municipal Airport

For more details on each of these grants visit: http://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/2012/GrantDetails12-4-12.pdf

The grants are made available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division. The Division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system.

Except for routine expenditures, 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. The board carefully reviews all applications for grants to ensure that the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be used for needed improvements.

The TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 126 heliports and 75 public/general aviation airports.  The Division also provides aircraft and related services for state government and staffing for the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.