The Adams County Airport is receiving upgrades as part of a grant received by the Board of County Commissioners as part of the US Department of Transportation’s grant package. The funding was announced last July by the Federal Aviation Administration.
According to the federal government, the funds are to be used to help make necessary repairs to airports and their critical infrastructure around the country.
In the grant funding announcement, a total of $1.6 million was awarded to the County Commissioners to remove a taxiway, reconstruct part of an existing taxiway, and reconstruct an existing apron at the Alexander Salamon Airport.
The airport, opened to the public 50 years ago this year, and was named after Dr. Alexander Salamon, a refugee from Czechoslovakia. In 1953, he moved with his wife Lilly and daughter Suzanne to the Seaman area, where another daughter, Julie was born. He served as a physician in the county until his death in 1971. The land for the airport from the family farm for the airport.
According to government documents, the Adams County Airport has an average of about 100 aircraft operations per week: 96% general aviation, 3% air taxi and 1% military. There are also 12 aircraft based at the Adams County Airport, 92% single-engine and 8% ultralight.
“The Adams County Airport is used on a regular basis and is an important piece of our infrastructure in Adams County,” said Commissioner Ty Pell. “We appreciate the federal investment in this airport and are actively working to make the needed upgrades.”
The FAA supports public-use airports included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) through the Airport Improvement Program. The program supports projects that improve airport safety, capacity, security and environmental impact.