Grant $$$ Supports Aviation Training at Craig Field in Selma
From the West Alabama Newsroom–
The effort to make Craig Field in Selma an aviation hub once again — gets a $3 million dollar boost — from a couple of federal grants.
“We gotta leverage our assets, the long runway and all the hangars, to bring jobs”
And Corrigan says a $2.4 million dollar EDA grant — will help the airport and industrial authority — do just that.
“That allows us to actually renovate two buildings. Finish renovating the Advanced ATC Air Traffic Control Academy and Remote Tower Center. As well as start renovating a three story, 76-room dormitory.”
“We could have mechanics training, we could have pilot training and we could have air traffic controller training. I think those are the big three in aviation.”
Remote air traffic controllers — and A&P Mechanics are already being trained and certified — out at Craig Field.
Corrigan says a $680,000 dollar EPA Brownfield grant — will pay for the demolition and removal — of several old buildings on the former Air Force base that are in bad shape.
“One step at a time we’re modernizing this airport. And I think it’ll pay off here in the future,” said Corrigan.
And Corrigan says the final piece of the plan — is to expose area high school students to aviation — and the opportunities that are available to them — in the industry.