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February 21, 2019

Oswego County Awarded Funds to Build New Hangar at County Airport

VOLNEY -Oswego County will receive $865,000 to build a new 10-bay T-hangar at the county airport in Volney, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.

"This is great news for Oswego County!", said County Legislator Stephen Walpole, District 14, Oswego, chairman of the Legislature's Infrastructure, Facilities and Technology Committee. "This award of $865,000 will allow for the construction of a new 10-bay T-hangar to house 10 new aircraft at our facility. The increase in aircraft based at the Oswego County Airport will enable us to increase revenue and the level of serviceability through additional aircraft storage leasing and associated revenue in fuel sales. All the hangars that we have on the field are full, and we have a lengthy waiting list of pilots wishing to base their planes at our facility. The addition of 10 new hangars will help bring them here to Oswego County and to the airport."

County Airport Manager Brandon Schwerdt applied for the funding last summer through the state Department of Transportation aviation capital grant program.

The new 10-bay hangar will accommodate most sizes of general aviation aircraft and will be fully enclosed with electric bi-fold doors.

Schwerdt said the airport has four existing 10-bay hangars. The need for additional hangar space has been noted for many years.

County departments will do all the site work and pavement associated with the project in order to keep costs down. "This contributed greatly to us receiving the award of these funds," said Schwerdt.

Governor Cuomo said the Oswego County grant is part of $23.6 million in infrastructure funding awarded to support safety enhancements, modernize facilities and improve 31 local airports across the state. "New York's airports represent the front door to our local communities and are critical to facilitating tourism and business development," said Governor Cuomo. "A world-class airport is crucial to regional economic growth, and by investing in the modernization of our local airports we are creating vibrant communities where people want to live, work and play."

Located off Rte. 176, in Volney, the Oswego County Airport offers fuel services, hangar and tie-down space, a restaurant, flight school, pilot lounge and de-icing services. The airport serves industries, businesses and private pilots in Oswego and surrounding counties, and is designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a reliever airport to Hancock International airport.

Oswego County also received funding to build a new airport terminal building through the state DOT aviation capital grant program last year. The terminal building is in an early stage of design.

"The County has long recognized the airport as a valuable asset, and every effort has been made in recent years to modernize the facilities and ensure proper maintenance of the runways," said Legislator Walpole. "With a new terminal to be constructed, and these additional 10 hangars, we expect to attract new industry and visitors to the airport and the County of Oswego!"

The Legislature's Infrastructure, Facilities and Technology Committee oversees the county airport, highway, buildings and grounds, central services, energy recovery, and solid waste programs. In addition to Legislator Walpole, committee members include legislators Patrick Twiss, District 13, vice chairman; David Holst, District 4; Paul House, District 8; Linda Lockwood, District 11; John Martino, District 6; and Marie Schadt, District 19.

For more information on the Oswego County Airport, visit http://www.oswegocounty.com/airport/index2.html or call the airport office weekdays at 315-591-9130.

NEW HANGAR WILL ACCOMMODATE 10 PLANES AT OSWEGO COUNTY AIRPORT - Oswego County was awarded $865,000 to build a new 10-bay hangar, like the one pictured, at the Oswego County Airport. The announcement was made Feb. 20 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. A new terminal building will also be constructed at the airport.

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