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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

FAA rules on runway safety improvements at Sikorsky airport

The decision was announced in a statement released by the agency

STRATFORD — The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a decision that approves runway safety improvements and pavement work for Igor J. Sikorsky Memorial Airport.

The decision will allow the airport to install a crushable concrete buffer zone at the end of Runway 24 to stop aircraft that overrun the runway, according to a written statement from the FAA. It also gives the go-ahead for pavement of Runway 6-24 pavement designed to extend the runway life by 20 years and allow it to accommodate a variety of aircrafts.

The proposed system at the end of Runway 24 would be 120 wide and 300 feet long.

The project’s scope is significantly smaller than the project analyzed in the original 1999 environmental review. The decision does not approve the extension of any runway at the airport, the FAA said.

The original decision issued in 1999 approved a shift of Runway 6 by 700 feet to the northeast; an 800-foot runway safety area for the Runway 6 end and relocation of Main Street (state Route 113), in addition to a 1,000-foot runway safety area for the Runway 24 end, a new approach lighting system and pavement work.

The record of decision is available at and
Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.



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