CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Yeager Airport officials are excited about a $3.7 Million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The grant, announced on Tuesday, will clear the way for site preparation in anticipation of future development around the airport in Charleston.
“The first plans are to get the road built, get utilities in, and get the fence line moved for development. Then we’ll go out and recruit,” said Yeager Airport Executive Director Terry Sayre. “We’re trying to recruit people to come in an put up hangars here and we’re in talks with Marshall University about creating an aviation school here.”
The discussions with Marshall seem to be moving forward and Sayre expects they’ll be ready to move forward by the end of the year.
The airport went after the federal grant around the time they took over the Aviation Center of the airport and formed the Yeager Airport Jet Center which handles private business and charter service. The program was recently pulled in house and Sayre says the FAA grant will help to further develop the programs there.
The money comes with a 10 percent mach which was put up by the state. Governor Jim Justice was a big backer of the projects along with support from the Kanawha County Commission and others.
“There will be over 25 acres available for development here at the airport,” said Sayre. “We couldn’t have done it without the help of Senators Capito and Manchin, the Governor, and several others helping us. We couldn’t’ have gotten this accomplished.”
Sayre expects the site preparation work will start later this fall or in the early spring of 2019.