Pulliam Airport is one of five statewide airport improvement projects being funded by $21 million. Four airports will receive funds for one project; Flagstaff will get funding for two. The State Transportation Board has given final approval of the funding.
$392,045 will go toward phase one construction of an aircraft rescue and fire fighting building. $65,242 will toward phase two of the facility.
The projects are funded through a combination of federal and state funding, and from money from the airports themselves. Funds from the Federal Aviation Administration account for 95 percent of the cost of an airport improvement project through the federal matching grant program. The State Transportation Board approves the state funding for a project, or 2.5 percent of the total cost of the project. This money is reimbursed to the airport, once a project is complete. The other 2.5 percent must be generated by the airport.
The Arizona Department of Transportation administers state reimbursement grants for the Airport Capital Improvement Plan through its Aviation Fund. The fund is created through taxes assessed to aviation users to support aviation infrastructure in Arizona. Revenue for the fund comes from flight property, aircraft registration, aircraft dealer licensing and aviation fuel taxes.
In Arizona, aviation receives no funding from the state’s general fund. During the last few fiscal years, money has been legislatively removed from the Aviation Fund to support other state programs outside of transportation. During the last 12 months, $4 million was reallocated from the fund to meet other state needs.
ADOT is responsible for the development of an aviation system designed to meet the current and future needs of Arizona. ADOT registers aircraft, licenses aircraft dealers, develops and administers the five-year airport development program, and promotes aviation services through community outreach and education. To learn more, visit www.azdot.gov.
The five projects that were approved for funding are:
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport: $10,500,000 for west terminal expansion
- FAA funds: $9,975,000 (95 percent)
- State matching grant funds: $262,500 (2.5 percent)
- Airport cost: $262,500 (2.5 percent
Tucson International Airport: $7,551,113 for runway rehabilitation
- FAA funds: $6,876,043
- State matching grant funds: $337,535
- Airport cost: $337,535
Ernest A. Love Field Airport in Prescott: $2,706,700 for runway improvements
- FAA funds: $2,571,365
- State matching grant funds: $67,667
- Airport cost: $67,668
Flagstaff Pulliam Airport: $392,048 for phase one construction of an aircraft rescue and fire fighting building
- FAA funds: $372,446
- State matching grant funds: $9,801
- Airport cost: $9,801
Flagstaff Pulliam Airport: $65,252 for phase two construction of an aircraft rescue and fire fighting building
- FAA funds: $61,989
- State matching grant funds: $1,632
- Airport cost: $1,631