For Immediate Release September 13, 2011
David Hickling (Office) 607-763-4455
Deputy Commissioner of Aviation
Greater Binghamton Airport Receives $12M for Runway Safety Improvements
(Binghamton, NY) Broome County Executive Patrick J. Brennan announced that the Greater Binghamton Airport has secured a federal grant for $12.3M to fund improvements to the safety area for runway 34, which is the primary runway used by aircraft arriving and departing the airport. These improvements will address the area beyond the end of the runway known as the runway safety area, which is necessary to provide a safety margin for stopping an aircraft should it overshoot the runway.
These improvements will begin with the relocation of Commercial Drive to allow for the placing of large quantities of fill at the end of the runway in order to provide the additional space necessary to ensure safeguards for landing aircraft. A new aircraft arresting system, known as a Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS), designed to be used when there is insufficient free space for an aircraft to safely stop in the case of an overrun, will also be installed. This system is designed to safely stop an aircraft with no injury to those on board and with minimal damage to the aircraft. Additionally, upon the completion of this project, the Greater Binghamton Airport will have an additional 200 feet of usable runway available for take off and landing.
“Broome County is extremely grateful for the efforts of Congressmen Hanna who helped to secure this grant for the Greater Binghamton Airport,” said Brennan. Importantly, this project will also have significant impacts on our local economy, supporting dozens of jobs with contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and equipment manufacturers.”
"I'm pleased that the Greater Binghamton Airport was awarded this grant to make important safety improvements on runway 34," U.S. Representative Richard Hanna (NY-24) said. "As a pilot and member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I know first-hand that safety is the number one priority in aviation. I'm pleased the airport and the FAA are committed to worthy projects like this to make our airspace safer.”
"This runway project will not only put people back to work in Broome County, but will also allow the airport to continue its successful growth that will bring real economic benefits to the entire Southern Tier."
“Through our capital improvement program, we are committed to providing the safest environment possible for aircraft and our travelers,” said Carl R. Beardsley, Jr., Broome County Commissioner of Aviation. “By replacing the existing EMAS bed and lengthening the runway, we are enhancing our existing safety standards and improving our operational performance.”