Airport seeks $463,200 in grants |


JOHNSTOWN, PA. – A new de-icing truck, firefighting equipment and security fencing maintenance equipment are said to be among the items purchased with $463,200 in state grants sought by the Johnstown-Cambria County Airport Authority .

The authority held a special phone meeting on Friday to approve the five grant applications to the Department of Community and Economic Development.

“We had a unique opportunity to take advantage of several DCED grants,” said authority chairman Rick McQuaide.

“These are 100% match opportunities for us to get gear and different things for our airport.”

“If they are rewarded, we will receive 100% of the money without a local match.”

The largest grant would be $261,663 for the de-icing truck. The vehicle is used to spray anti-icing product on aircraft in cold weather.

Currently, Nulton Aviation provides de-icing services, but the equipment is aging, McQuaide said. SkyWest Airlines also has equipment for its own aircraft.

“We would like to have our own,” he said.

If the grant is awarded, the new vehicle would be leased by Nulton, which would continue to provide the de-icing service.

The other grant would include $59,300 for the removal of trees that could become obstacles for aircraft using one of the runways, $30,050 for equipment to check foam stored in a fire engine without wasting foam, $30,946 for firefighters’ protective equipment. and $81,235 for a special mini-excavator to maintain the airfield security fence.

“If we’re rewarded, we’ll get 100% of the money without a local match,” McQuaide said.

Randy Griffith is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 814-532-5057. Follow him on Twitter @PhotoGriffer57.


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