More former military airports eligible for conversion funds

 - May 6, 2008, 6:34 AM

Five former military airports have been added to the Military Airport Program (MAP), which provides financial assistance to the civilian sponsor of military airfields being converted to, or that have been converted to, civilian or joint-use airfields.

They are Guam International Airport (the former Naval Air Station Guam); San Bernardino International (former Norton Air Force Base), San Bernardino, Calif.; Sawyer Airport (former K.I. Sawyer AFB), Marquette, Mich.; Mid America Airport (joint-
use with Scott AFB), Belleville, Ill.; and Plattsburgh International (former Plattsburgh AFB), Plattsburgh, N.Y.

The program increases airport system capacity by funding the development of civilian airfields in or near major metropolitan areas at relatively low costs. No general aviation slot is available this year, the FAA said.

MAP funds are provided through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The money may be used for projects not generally funded by AIP that aid in the conversion process for civilian use. These projects include building or rehabilitating surface parking lots, fuel farms, hangars, utility systems, access roads and cargo buildings.

Already part of the MAP are Pease International Tradeport, Portsmouth, N.H.; Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Fla.; Okaloosa Regional Airport, Valparaiso, Fla.; Tipton Airport, Odenton, Md.; Southern California Logistics Airport, Victorville, Calif.; Mather Airport, Sacramento, Calif.; March Inland Port, Riverside, Calif.; Wurtsmith-Oscoda Airport, Oscoda, Mich.; and Gray Army Airfield, Fort Hood, Texas.

The Aviation and Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR-21) granted the FAA the authority to make the selections.