Plattsburgh International Airport received another major boost in funding today as New York State Governor George Pataki committed $6.2 million (U.S.) in additional funding toward its continued development. In releasing the State Budget for 2006-2007, the Governor allocated:
Plattsburgh International Airport is a massive, multi-modal airport and aerospace park created from the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base in Plattsburgh, New York. Already operating as a successful and profitable industrial airport, Plattsburgh International is currently constructing a major new passenger terminal with $20 million (U.S.) provided by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Congress. The terminal will be completed and opened in 2007, adding passenger activities to the airport’s capabilities and services.
The $5 million (U.S.) in state infrastructure funds will fully cover remaining development needs not already funded by the FAA, including the preparation of former Air Force hangars and structures for new civilian uses.
The $1.2 million (U.S.) for Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute represents the final funding needed to fully launch an FAA-approved airframe and power plant maintenance school on-site, and follows more than $14 million (U.S.) already committed to the Institute from various sources. This includes a special $1 million (U.S.) appropriation provided by the U.S. Congress in December.
Plattsburgh Aeronautical will be operated jointly by Clinton Community College and Champlain Valley Educational Services, offering certification programs and college degrees in aeronautics. The Institute also enjoys a partnership agreement with the Ecole Nationale d’Aerotechnique in St. Hubert, Quebec, North America’s largest aeronautical school. The partnership was signed last fall at the Third Quebec-New York Summit as the centerpiece of aerospace collaboration between New York and Quebec.
When open in 2007, Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute will be the first full service aeronautical school of its kind in New York State, and will provide on-site training for current and future tenants at Plattsburgh International Airport.
Located just one hour south of Montreal on the U.S. side of the border, Plattsburgh International is being recognized as Montreal’s U.S. airport. Its massive facilities include a 12,000 foot runway, a 12 million square foot concrete ramp for cargo operations and aircraft, 1.5 million square feet of aviation building space, its own interchange off the U.S. interstate highway system (I-87), a new rail spur and railyard connected to the main Canadian Pacific Railway line between Montreal and New York City, and direct highway and rail access to the Port of Montreal just one hour north.
Its current tenants include Pratt & Whitney Canada, Bombardier, Wood Group Aero, Precision Jet, Commutair, Westinghouse, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security which has selected Plattsburgh International as the site of one of two major new air security centers.
Plattsburgh International is being marketed as an opportunity for airlines and charters to serve the Montreal market, and as a strategic location for cargo operations, distribution, manufacturing, and maintenance.
Source: Plattsbourgh International Airport
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