(NASHVILLE, TN), July 11, 2013 — State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) said today he has been informed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) that a grant has been approved for the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport. The grant, when combined with the local match, will total $7,500. It was recommended through the Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics.
“Airports are a vital part of our infrastructure,” said Overbey. “This grant will improve safety precautions to ensure our local airport is a safe place to travel.”
The grants will be used to inspect the Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) at the airport. The PAPI is a visual tool that enables a pilot to more safely and securely land an airplane.
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 local airport was one of only seven across the state receiving grants.