A flying student lands on Cook Airfield’s grass runway. The airfield will receive $112,500 in fiscal 2018 for taxiway improvement and an extension. Cook is one of 11 airports receiving funding assistance from the Kansas Airport Improvement Program.
Cook Airfield, which is halfway between Derby and Rose Hill, will receive $112,500 in fiscal 2018 for taxiway improvement and an extension. The fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.
Cook is one of an additional 10 airports that is receiving funding assistance to repair or improve facilities from the Kansas Airport Improvement Program, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. Earlier this year, 26 airports were awarded assistance.
“Aviation is a large part of the state’s economy, and airports are significant economic engines for that activity,” said Transportation Secretary Richard Carlson. “By providing this financial assistance, we help continue to build a strong economic tradition of aviation in Kansas.”
The program receives $5 million annually through the T-WORKS transportation program.
KDOT’s Division of Aviation, which manages the program, received 130 applications for projects totaling $31.7 million. Aviation Director Merrill Atwater said the industry is vital to the state, accounting for $20.6 billion in economic activity.
The general aviation segment, which is everything except military and commercial air carriers, accounts for more than $9 billion of that activity, he said.
Kansas aviation activity accounts for $20.6 billion in economic impact. More than 700 aerospace and aviation companies operate in the state. About 92 percent of Kansas airports support flight training and more than 60 percent have aviation outreach programs. Aviation activity supports more than 91,000 jobs in Kansas.
The program requires airport sponsors to share the project costs by paying a minimum of 5 percent of the total project costs up to a maximum of 50 percent, depending on project category.
Those categories include modernization, equipment, design and preservation.