STATEHOUSE — State Representative Sharon Negele (R-Attica) joined executives from the Kentland Airport and local community leaders at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday to celebrate the completion of the town’s runway expansion and repaving project.
“I was honored to attend the ribbon cutting and help celebrate this wonderful improvement to our airport and community,” said Rep. Negele. “The new concrete runway will provide Kentland with more opportunities for economic development and business investment.”
The project included the rehabilitation, lengthening and widening of Kentland’s only runway, which expanded the square footage of the runway by over 65,000 feet. In addition, the new runway is made of concrete whereas the prior one was made of asphalt.
The new runway allows larger and faster aircrafts to use the Kentland Airport, such as business jets and larger agriculture aircraft. It will also have a longer service life with lower maintenance than the asphalt runway.
“The Kentland airport is vital to pleasure flights, business flights and in some cases health care related flights, as well as local agriculture,” said Jim Butler, President of the Kentland Board of Aviation Commissioners. “Farmers in a six county area rely on the airport for use by aerial applicators (crop dusters). The longer and wider runway enhances safety for the faster and larger aircrafts as well as during reduced weather operations. This enhanced runway also allows Kentland to remain a viable component in the tertiary level of the National Air Transportation System.”
The $2.5 million project was a partnership between the Federal Aviation Administration, the State of Indiana and the Town of Kentland.