Grant money awarded to the Dane County Regional Airport will be used to help pay for improvements designed to increase the safety of takeoffs and landings and improve the ability of planes to land in bad weather.
The $488,000 in state airport improvement funds will go toward a $9.6 million upgrade of the airport's instrument landing system, according to airport officials. The airport is contributing $2 million to the project.
“Our weather changes quickly, and investing in this state of the art technology means safer landings and takeoffs for pilots and their passengers from our airport,” County Executive Joe Parisi said.
The new system provides vertical and horizontal information to on-board computer systems to align an aircraft with the center line of a runway under extreme weather conditions that which would normally prohibit a pilot from landing, according to a release from the airport.