10/18/2009 - Westmoreland County's Rostraver Airport doesn't offer commercial flights, but over the past five years it received more than $2.1 million from a federal program funded largely through fees on airline tickets, a study shows.
"Airports like this can be the most desolate places in the world on a day like this," said Glen Ramsey, 75, of St. Petersburg, Fla., waiting for rain to pass Friday morning so he and a friend could fly home in a 1969 Piper Cherokee single-engine plane.
Since 2005, Rostraver, which averages 115 takeoffs and landings a day, received more than $2.1 million through the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program, according to a study by Subsidyscope, an initiative of Pew Charitable Trusts. That money helped pay for airfield paving, lighting, snow-removal equipment and a project to add space beyond its runway to meet federal safety guidelines.
Read the full article Small PA Airports Get Big Bite of Funding from FAA's Federal Grant Program on the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Web site.