VIA Upgrades Will Promote Safety, Reduce Delays and Cancellations

55c8043740926.imageValley International Airport boasts the longest runway in South Texas at 8,300 feet.

To ensure its optimum performance, the edge lights on the runway will be upgraded.

This is among improvements to the airport planned to get underway soon with a $4.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

“This will help guide pilots to the runway during inclement weather situations and reduce the need to divert to other facilities,” VIA Director of Aviation Marv Esterly said.

VIA will supplement the grant funds with a 10 percent match.

The first project will relocate the perimeter access road used by aviation fueling companies and emergency response vehicles to transition from the east side of the airport to the commercial carriers on the west side.

The new route will be clear of all runway movement areas and be located outside of designated runway safety areas.

The second project will update 37 painted airfield pavement signs to highly visible Thermoplastic signs. This will reduce maintenance expenses associated with painted signs and improve visibility to pilots both…

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Valley International Airport Receives 4.5 Million FAA Grant

logoMainValley International Airport (VIA) recently submitted and received 4.5 million dollars in grant funds from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program for various capital improvement projects on the Airport. These funds coupled with a 10% match from VIA will help promote safety and improve on the number airline weather delays and cancelations during inclement weather.

The first project will relocate the perimeter access road used by aviation fueling companies and emergency response vehicles to transition from the east side of the Airport to the commercial carriers on the west side of the Airport. The new route will be clear of all runway movement areas and be located outside of designated runway safety areas.

The second project will update 37 painted airfield pavement signs to highly visible Thermoplastic signs. The upgrades will reduce maintenance expenses associated with…

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Harlingen ‘Aerotropolis’ Wins Shovel-Ready Designation

In his 2014 State of the City address, Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell said that when it comes to Valley International Airport, city leaders are “dreaming big.”

Boswell spoke about the possibility of developing an “aerotropolis” around Valley International Airport and revealed that McCallum Sweeney Consultants, one of the world’s leading site selection and economic development consulting firms, was working on a plan to certify industrial sites around the airport as “shovel ready.”

This week, that certification was confirmed.

“It is big deal and we are excited about it,” Boswell told the Rio Grande Guardian, pointing out that Harlingen Aerotropolis at Valley International Airport (formerly known as Harlingen Industrial Airpark) consists of approximately 479.5 acres of land.

“McCallum Sweeney is the premier site selection firm in the nation. Their corporate clients are a Who’s Who of Fortune 500 companies and global companies. They represent companies like Boeing and Northrup Grumman and many other companies you have heard of. Just to have that certification and to have it by a company as well-respected in the site selection business as McCallum Sweeney means a great deal.”

Marvin Esterly, aviation director at Valley International Airport, agreed, “This certification will set us apart from other sites nationwide and is crucial in attracting businesses,” Esterly said.

Asked when the term “aerotropolis” was first coined in Harlingen, Mayor Boswell said: “Immediate past Chairman of the Airport Board Richard Franke and others attended a conference on the Aerotropolis concept in 2013 and it was presented as a concept at a comprehensive planning meeting on business development in early 2014 and I then noted it in the State of the City.”

Mayor Boswell made his 2014 State of the City Address at The Reese in February, 2014. This is what he said about developing land east of Valley International Airport…

Read more at The Rio Grande Guardian.