Mammoth Yosemite Airport Receives FAA Grant Agreement

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Mammoth Lakes, Calif. Oct. 9, 2002 (Mammoth Press Release)--On Monday, September 30, the Town of Mammoth Lakes, Calif. received the grant agreement from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration ) for the first-year grant allocation amount of $19.8 million for the Mammoth Yosemite Airport Improvement Project. The grant agreement became official as it recently passed through the closing session of Congress. "This is great news for the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the Mammoth Yosemite Airport Improvement Project," said Town Manager Stephen Julian. "It culminates a three-year effort in working with FAA officials on this airport improvement project. Special thanks are also in order for Congressman Doolittle and Congressman McKeon, for their strong and continuous support."

This past August, the Town of Mammoth Lakes received a "Letter of Intent" from the FAA with respect to grants totaling $28.6 million for the Mammoth Yosemite Airport Improvement Project. The Letter of Intent appropriates funds over a three-year period with $19.8 million in the 2002 federal fiscal year, $7.5 million in the 2003 federal fiscal year, and $1.3 million in the 2004 federal fiscal year.

The grant agreement follows on the heels of the Town Council approving contracts for the Airport Terminal design and for engineering services related to the Airport Improvement Plan at the September 18, Town Council meeting. "There is more administrative work to be completed however," stated William Manning, Mammoth Yosemite Airport Manager. It is anticipated that the Town Council will be considering the proposed Airport Business Plan and the Capital Improvement Program in the near future. "Assuming the Town Council approves these items, we will finally have an official airport project," continued Manning.

The Mammoth Yosemite airport is now and has been an FAA-certified commercial airport for over thirty years. Mammoth Lakes' residents voted to acquire the airport from Mono County in 1991, with the intention of enhancing air service. "Restoration of regularly scheduled air service will be a great benefit to our residents and visitors," added Manning.

The Mammoth Yosemite Airport lies within the southern part of Mono County near the Town of Mammoth Lakes. Both the airport and the Town are surrounded by Federal and State owned lands (which account for 95 percent of Mono County's 3,050 square miles). Today, the Mammoth Yosemite Airport is the only FAA-certified commercial airport between the Reno/Tahoe area 160 miles north, and the Ridgecrest/Inyokern area 160 miles south. When completed, the Mammoth Yosemite airport will have improved margins of safety, will be functionally more efficient and will be environmentally superior compared to what it is today.

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