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Tupelo City Council approves $500K for airport taxiway

TUPELO — The Tupelo City Council has voted to provide money toward a matching state grant awarded to build a long-discussed taxiway at Tupelo Regional Airport. The project last fall was estimated to cost $1.2 million and would have repaired the old runway and taxiway. This new project will build a parallel taxiway to the crumbling runway. The city council ...

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Airport lands grants to refurbish 'touchdown zones'

While the news hasn’t been all good recently for Mississippi’s airports, one has landed two separate grants to rework its runways. The Gulfport-Biloxi Airport Authority has received two grants worth $5.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program for the reconstruction of the runway touchdown zones at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. The reconstruction of the concrete touchdown zones ...

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FAA awards funding to airports for enhancements

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Federal Aviation Administration is giving 14 Mississippi airports a total of more than $4.8 million to improve safety and operations. Airports at Bay St. Louis, Belzoni, Belmont, Clarksdale, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, the Golden Triangle, Grenada, Houston, Lexington, Madison, Okolona and Starkville are getting the Airport Improvement Program grants. The largest is $1 million to Golden Triangle ...

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Cleveland has a new runway — time to party!

A Delta city has enhanced its airport, and it is throwing a party — as well it should. The Cleveland Municipal Airport recently completed construction of a new runway, and will host a Runway Grand Opening Air Show to celebrate. The event will be held Oct. 17, and according to The Bolivar Commercial will include a number of events, including ...

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Airport gets funding for improvements to handle larger aircraft

COLUMBUS — Golden Triangle Regional Airport has obtained $3.4 million in grants to pay for upgrades to the airport’s runway and taxiway and widening of the exits and entrances from the runway to the taxiway. Airport executive director Mike Hainsey told WTVA the work should allow the airport to handle larger aircraft with greater safety. “We might be able to ...

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Columbus AFB runway reopens after $32M improvement project

COLUMBUS — Columbus Air Force Base has reopened its 12,000-foot long center runway. The $32-million project involved replacing 10,000 feet of old runway with a 10-inch thick, 200-foot wide concrete surface. The runway was built in 1959. CAFB officials say less than 20 percent pavement life remained on the asphalt surface before construction began in March. Col. Jim Sears, the ...

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Jumbo jets damage runway; repairs could cost $700K

TUPELO — Even without passengers, cargo or fuel, a Boeing 747 weighs 400,000 pounds. Universal Asset Management, the aircraft recycling company, has landed several of them at Tupelo Regional Airport in the past two years. The company takes apart the retired air titans — and other large planes — at its disassembly operation at the airport and sells the engines ...

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Runway construction at Columbus air base running ahead of schedule

COLUMBUS — Columbus Air Force Base officials say construction of a center runway is ahead of its projected late-August completion target. The Commercial Dispatch reports the work began in March and officials say it is about two-third complete. The $31.29-million project is the most extensive overhaul to the two-mile runway since it was built in 1959. The 300-foot-wide runway’s 10,000 ...

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Air Force base runway project claims a life

COLUMBUS — A contract worker involved in an accident at Columbus Air Force Base has died from his injuries. Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant says 24-year-old James Meyers of Columbus was working on a runway project on the base when he was injured. Merchant says it appears Meyers died from blunt force trauma. Merchant says he died at Baptist Memorial ...

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Airport project resumes with new contractor on board

JACKSON — Work has resumed on a runway at Mississippi’s busiest passenger airport after a dispute with the contractor brought construction to a standstill last year. The project to remove bad clay and repave one of two runways at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport stalled over a disagreement about the quality of the asphalt being put down. The Jackson Municipal ...

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