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Airport Asks Residents To Sponsor Parts Of New Runway

The Putnam County airport is trying to renovate its runway and is asking county residents to pay $5 to sponsor one foot of tarmac.

Plane on Putnam County airport runway

Photo: Stan Jastrebski/WFIU-WTIU News

An airplane sits on the Putnam County airport ramp.

The Putnam County Airport is due for runway improvements, but increased funding from community members is needed to make the project possible.

As you fly into Putnam airport, you can see parts of the runway that have been patched. In fact, it has been almost 20 years since the runway was last paved. Small adjustments have been made to the fix the pavement, but large improvements are needed to make the runway safer.

To make these changes, the airport looks to federal and state funding, but a decrease in the amount of funding available has led the airport to begin a community fundraising campaign. In order to receive the funding, they must raise $27,000.

Executive Director for the Greencastle/Putnam County Development Center, Bill Dory, says community help is needed to make this project possible.

“For our community campaign, we’ve raised $13,560 dollars, so a little more than half to reach the $27,000 goal,” Dory says. But in addition to that, that’s just a small part of the campaign. The airport board needs to come up with about $311,000 dollars to be able to match the federal and state funds that will help finance the project.”

About 5,400 feet are available for sponsorship at$5 per foot. The airport is offering acknowledgement and recognition to those who sponsor the runway.

Board of Aviation Commissioners member, Duane Skoog says sponsors will receive titles usually reserved only for pilots.

“Based on the monetary amount, and the foot of sponsorship, it goes all the way from ‘Senior Chief Pilot Concord’ to ‘Air Cadet’. An ‘Air Cadet’ you can assume gives us $5, then you can go up to one of the middle ranges is ‘Captain of a Locke’. They are all based on ranges of commercial airliners and commercial aircraft,” Skoog says.

Putnam County Airport sees 50 to 100 take offs and landings on its runway per week and hopes the renovations will keep flights coming into their county.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.eckert.50 Bob Eckert

    I don’t live in Putnam County but why would any resident want to pay for a runway so the rich can land and take off in their planes??

  • Alex N

    I live in CT and I don’t have an airplane nor do I have a pilot’s license, but I want to donate more than $5 because I feel aviation is important as is maintaining the infrastructure not just in my home town (which btw has the oldest airport in the state), but also across the country. The “rich” people are also students that will be the next pilots on your flight to anywhere you want to go…or will be the ones carrying that critical heart transplant for a person who desperately needs it…or the person who is bringing much needed business to the town or county.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.eckert.50 Bob Eckert

    If the RepubliThugs in the House and Senate would do their jobs, local governments would not have to go hat in hand to the local populace to get essential funding for our system of aviation. Most new pilots are certified on simulators that are not placed in tiny counties in the midwest. Small counties are generally restricted to general aviation activities with some support for business but nevertheless, when I do go to a small airport that doesn’t support large aircraft what I see are the planes of the rich folks in nearby towns. My comments were restricted only to those scenarios not to aviation in general.

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