Hernando County was recently awarded $2.3 million in grants for three projects that will bring much needed upgrades to the lighting system, instrument landing system and runway signage at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport (BKV). These projects are part of the airport’s approved Capital Improvement Program.
The $1.3 million Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program grant will replace the airfield’s antiquated lighting system. The project will consist of installing new light-emitting diode fixtures along the airport’s primary runway and taxiway system, as well as infrastructure including cable, conduit, counterpoise, home runs and vault improvements.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has awarded two grants for airport improvements. These grants require the county to match 20 percent of the overall cost for each project. The match will come from the airport’s capital reserve fund.
- The $800,000 (BKV match $200,000) grant will be used to procure a new instrument landing system (ILS) for the airport’s primary runway. An ILS is a navigational aid that provides pilots vertical and lateral guidance while approaching and landing during inclement weather conditions. The current system has been in service more than 20 years and is prone to extended outages. This grant also includes funding for the rehabilitation of the approach lighting system. The current system was installed in the mid-1990s and is ready for replacement.
- The $240,000 grant will upgrade signage on the eastside of the airfield (BKV match $60,000). The current airfield signage on Runway 3/21 and Taxiway B is deteriorated and faded. In some cases it does not conform to current FAA or FDOT design standards.
“The collaborative relationship we have with federal and state agencies will help us grow our airport faster, meet local pilot needs and provide additional services in the future,” County Administrator Len Sossamon said.
The 2,400-acre Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport and Technology Center is classified as a Regional General Aviation airport and is home to 148 based aircraft. The airport is owned and operated by the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners and has an air traffic control tower with two runways capable of accommodating small and large corporate aircraft. The technology center is home to more than 130 world class manufacturers and aerospace suppliers with more than 2,000 employees. The facility is distinctively positioned for multi-model transportation features.