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Ribbon Cutting Event Celebrates New Construction at Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, PA

RIBBON CUTTING EVENT CELEBRATES NEW CONSTRUCTION AT ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT IN WEST MIFFLIN, PA

WEST MIFFLIN, PA (December 14, 2007) – The Allegheny County Airport Authority hosted a ribbon cutting event at Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin to celebrate the opening of 18 new T-hangars. These hangars are leased to private aircraft owners to house their planes.

“These new hangars and the other improvements to the Allegheny County Airport will enhance this facility and promote more economic growth and an increase in flights. Private aviation is thriving here and meeting the needs of this unique and enterprising group of flyers is vital to keeping general aviation fun, safe and affordable,” said Dan Onorato, Allegheny County Chief Executive.

“Celebrating the completion of the new T-hangars at Allegheny County Airport is a great milestone for the Allegheny County Airport Authority. There has been a great deal of work done to bring about this new development. The total project essentially reconfigured the lower west ramp to improve and expand hangars as well as ramps and taxi lanes,” stated Glenn R. Mahone, Chairman, Allegheny County Airport Authority.

“The new construction includes three buildings totaling 18 T-hangars. Initially we were only going to have 12 new hangars; however we increased the plan due to so much interest and demand. We also kept an important deadline by completing these new hangars by mid-December. This way, aircraft owners can keep their aircraft out of the harsh elements,” said Bradley D. Penrod, Executive Director/CEO, Allegheny County Airport Authority.

Upgrades were also made to all of the electrical supply for the lower west ramp hangar area. The Airport Authority painted older facilities, including five box hangers and two T-hangar buildings housing 17 T-hangars. This update allows for each hangar to have its own electrical service. Additionally, sewage lines are being placed so that public restrooms will be available as an added convenience. The project included demolition of the former field maintenance building, various t-hangars and construction of a new taxi lane. The current value of the total project is $3.5 million.

This new development was motivated by a need to update and expand development at the airport. This included rewriting leases to bring them up to date and provide clearer leasing terms. The Airport Authority met with tenants several times to gather their input and to explain the process for lease modifications.

Work is still being completed on Hangar Three which is being converted to a new maintenance building for housing equipment to maintain the airfield and grounds. While the work is being done, the snow plows and landscaping equipment are in storage there.

Another phase of development recently completed was at Voyager Jet Center. Voyager took over Hangar 43, built a parking lot for 70 vehicles and added 123,000 square foot of new ramp. This was built on land that became available when 5-23 was converted to a taxiway. A temporary FBO also is housed in that area. Currently Voyager has plans to add another hangar, an office building and expanded ramp area in the second phase set to begin in the spring.

Dec 13, 2007

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