Penn Yan Airport gets nearly $300,000 for new helipad

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced Tuesday that Penn Yan Airport in Yates County is set to receive $298,205 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, the grant will allow Penn Yan Airport to create a new helipad, which will replace a 12-year-old helipad that is no longer suited for the growing number of medical flights in and out of the airport. This new helipad will allow patients who need medical care to be flown to Rochester and other regional hospitals in the safest way possible. Schumer applauds DOT for their work to increase safety at all airports.

"This is great news for the passengers and patients that fly in and out of Penn Yan airport while en route to the region’s hospitals during medical emergencies,” said Schumer. “With this funding, the airport can make renovations that will ensure passenger safety and the smooth operation of the facility. I will continue to fight for funds like these that promote safety at all New York airports.”

The funding for Penn Yan Airport is part of the Airport Improvement Program, administered by DOT’s Federal Aviation Administration. The Airport Improvement Program provides grants to public agencies for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS).