Troy ready to cut ribbon on new runwayPublished 9:22pm Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The City of Troy will celebrate the recent completion of a runway extension more than five years in the making. Officials will have a ribbon cutting at Troy Municipal Airport next Thursday, May 29.
The project includes a ground-based instrument approach system installed by the U.S. Army. The Federal Aviation Administration funded the majority of the project.
Thursday’s ceremony will be held at 10 a.m.
Troy Mayor Jason Reeves said the runway extension and its instrument system could mean more business for the airport.
“The extended runway hasn’t until [now] been instrument rated,” he said. “Because the terrain incline uses the antenna for instrument landing, larger aircraft will be able to land.”
Larger aircraft will boost fuel sales, which translates to more tax revenue.
The ILS approach system provides precision guidance to aircraft using a combination of radio signals and high-intensity lighting to enable safe landings when weather conditions may not be favorable.
“We’ve got a radar system unique to Troy,” Reeves said.