Airport lighting, hangar project
approved for 2013 construction
|A $640,353 project has been approved to improve runway
approach lighting and construct new T-hangars at the joint-use
Sparta-Fort McCoy Airport.
The Fort McCoy portion of the airport supports military aircraft; the
Sparta portion of the airport supports civilian aircraft.
James Hubbard, Sparta-Fort McCoy Airport manager, said the contractor
for the project currently is completing preliminary work, including
design. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2013 and be
completed by the fall of 2013.
New approach lighting, called precision approach path indicator lights,
will be installed on all four approaches to the two runways, Hubbard
The new lighting will provide improved visual clues for pilots for
day/night and severe-weather landings compared to the existing lighting.
A 2009 project improved runway and taxiway edge lighting for all
runways, he said. This project will bring improved lighting to all of
the runway approach lights, which will better support safety for day-
and night landings for both military and civilian aircraft.
The new runway lighting can be turned on via radio control in the planes
and also manually by airport operations personnel, Hubbard said.
The project will be done in phases so it will not have any impacts on
the training schedule for 2013, which again will include a number of
military training exercises, Hubbard said.
The new T-hangars will be added at the Sparta portion of the airport.
Andrew Trimble, airport development engineer with the Wisconsin
Department of Transportation, said the additional T-hangars will allow
more owners to lease space for aircraft storage. Currently some local
owners are required to hangar their aircraft at other airports.
Funding for the project is being provided through the Federal Aviation
Administration, $600,000; the city of Sparta, $37,536; and state of
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker approved the design review by the Bureau of
Aeronautics, which is under the Wisconsin Department of Transportation,
and released the state funding.
(Some information in this story is from a Wisconsin Department of
Transportation news release.)