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In collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Gov. Kasich, ODOT held a public information meeting at Zane State's Cambridge Training Center to discuss options on how to make the most out of the limited funds for Ohio's 97 general aviation airports.
"The state is conducting a statewide airport system plan," said Airport Planner for ODOT, David Dennis. "It's funded by the Federal Aviation Administration to look at the need for aviation facilities around the state and to determine the supply of those facilities and what steps need to be taken to make sure that there's adequate facilities for the demand."
ODOT is hosting seven public meetings like the one at Zane State across Ohio for pilots and the community to share ideas. According to a press release, the FAA invested $26 million into Ohio's publicly-owned general aviation airports in 2012, but it isn't enough.
"State funding has decreased in recent years and federal funding is pretty steady although, it's very restricted and we're trying to get the best return we can on state and federal spending."
From here, Dennis said ODOT will review the comments and suggestions from the 7 focus group meetings to figure out a way to "make the most out of every dollar."