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Upgrade coming to Headland Airport

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HEADLAND, AL (WSFA) -

Big changes are coming to the Headland Airport in Henry County thanks to a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Currently, there are about 40 to 60 planes that fly in and out of the airport each day, and each uses just one runway. That creates some safety challenges, but officials say the installment of a parallel taxi way will make flying in and out much safer.

"This will give the aircraft the opportunity once they leave the T-hanger to taxi out to the parallel taxi way...go down the taxi way without getting on the runway," says Pete Crews, the airport's manager.

Currently, planes have to enter the runway at the midpoint and taxi. At that time, the runway is closed to any other aircrafts until the plane leaves the runway, forcing other planes that need to land or take off into waiting.

With the $83,000 grant, the parallel taxi way will be built, ultimately helping make it safer for aircraft, increase traffic flow and possibly provide an economic boost for the city. The airport and city contributed some funds to the project.

"This will set up the infrastructure to attract large businesses and aeronautical businesses to come into our area," Crews adds.

"I love the expansion potential out here," says private pilot Derrick Scott. "We have a lot of land for it. It's a great area, it's close to Dothan for the business people coming in and all the business travelers coming in."

This is a 2-phase project. The design phase has started and the construction phase is set to begin in 2015.

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