ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES CONSTRUCTION PLANS FOR ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT IN WEST MIFFLIN
WEST MIFFLIN, PA (December 5, 2006) – The Allegheny County Airport Authority has approved a plan to improve and add new facilities to the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, PA.
This new plan includes the building of an aircraft taxi lane and 12 new hangars for small aircraft. The purpose of the expansion project is to improve facilities at the airport and to attract new tenants. Funding for this $2 million project is provided by federal grants and the Airport Authority. Construction is slated to begin May 1, 2007.
Fifteen small aircraft hangars and an airport maintenance facility will be demolished in order to make way for the new T-hangar facilities scheduled to be completed by December 2007. Tenants affected by this construction will be offered airfield accommodations at the airport.
The Airport Authority also will be implementing a new lease program in an effort to become compliant with legal and insurance requirements as well as to make rates more competitive. Some guidelines include standard one-year leases, no subleasing and limiting leases to aircraft storage only. The FAA is also requesting that the Airport Authority maintain a record of all based aircraft identification and provide this information for the National Based Aircraft Inventory.
Currently, Voyager Jet Center, a Fixed Base Operator based at Allegheny County Airport, is implementing a major $15 million expansion program. Voyager Jet Center began construction this summer and has plans to construct two hangars, a 40,000 square foot office building with a private road, and four acres of aircraft ramp area. This is the first new development at Allegheny County Airport in at least 25 years.
The Airport Authority has a great deal of interest from current and prospective tenants who wish to expand at Allegheny County Airport. When it first opened in 1931, Allegheny County Airport was the primary airport for southwest Pennsylvania and served as the region’s aviation pioneer. Today, Allegheny County Airport continues to be a tremendous economic generator and these plans will advance the Airport Authority’s mission of providing the region with the best facilities for general aviation, aeronautic education, aircraft maintenance and air medical transportation.