TxDot grant gives McKinney National Airport a lift

The Texas Transportation Commission has approved the granting of $1,756,202 in federal funds to reimburse McKinney National Airport for the cost of land it acquired in 2010 as part of the $45 million project to replace the old runway.

Project costs will be funded through the City of McKinney and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which preserves and improves the state’s general aviation airport system.

Airport Executive Director Ken Wiegand said: “Federal and state grants administered by TxDOT provide the kind of financial assistance our airport needs to continue to grow and provide top-quality service to our business aviation customers. McKinney National Airport has been fortunate to receive outstanding support from FAA and TxDOT over the past 12 years.”

The runway in McKinney was constructed at 7,002 feet long and 150 feet wide with a weight-bearing capacity of 450,000 pounds. It was the largest in single development project in TxDOT Aviation history. The width and weight-bearing capacity can accommodate larger, heavier aircraft.

This year, TxDOT expects to provide approximately $60 million in funding for planning, constructing and maintaining community airports. Approximately 275 community airports in Texas are eligible for funding.

Notable: Ken Wiegand, an accredited member of the American Association of Airport Executives, holds a commercial pilot’s license in helicopter and fixed wing aircraft and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Wiegand, a 20-year military veteran, has been executive director of Mckinney National Airport since 2002. He served 10 years as executive director of the Winchester Regional Airport Authority in Virginia and eight years as Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation. He has been recognized for his accomplishments by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Commonwealth of Virginia and most recently by the Texas Department of Transportation as its 2008 Airport Manager of the Year.

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