• Ground Breaking & Open House for the Washington-Wilkes County Municipal Airport

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    Name: Ground Breaking & Open House for the Washington-Wilkes County Municipal Airport
    Date: October 4, 2018
    Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EDT
    Event Description:

    You are invited to the Groundbreaking & Open House at the Washington-Wilkes Municipal Airport..  Guests will enjoy Airplane Rides, A Cook-out & A Mini Stunt Plane Show by World Renowned Aerobatics Pilot Gary Ward.  Be sure to check out Gary's video below!

    This annual event is all about keeping the public familiarized with airport facilities, operations and future development plans. It’s a great opportunity to see and learn about all the services our airport provides.

    Earlier this year the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners authorized approval of construction contracts to extend the Washington-Wilkes Municipal Airport runway from 4,000 to 5,000 feet, a milestone length that will open many opportunities for growth and revenue generation.

    Having worked on getting to this point for more than 25 years, the county was selected by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to be included in a windfall distribution of grants earlier this year. The Wilkes County airport is one of only 11 in the state considered for these grants.

    “You are fortunate, based on your track record and all the positive things you have done at the airport, to be seen by the Georgia Department of Transportation as a very positive place to invest their resources,” said Phil Eberly of Lead Edge Design Group, the county’s engineering firm that oversees the airport. “That comes from your leadership, the hard work, the Airport Commission, and as a result of that you have been offered a grant to extend the runway to 5,000 feet.”

    The grant also includes replacement of the runway edge lights which are at the end of their lifespan. The project is “a little less than $2 million” and funded 75% by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the GDOT with a local contribution of basically in-kind work

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    Location:
    351 Airport Road
    Washington, GA 30673
    Date/Time Information:
    5:00 to 6:30
    Contact Information:
    706-678-2013
    Fees/Admission:
    Free & Open to the Public
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