More expansion is coming to the Big Spring Airport.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently approved a grant of $1.2 million to finance the construction of a T hangar to be located in the southwest portion of the airport.
Unlike conventional hangars, which house several aircraft in a common space, T hangars are partitioned so that planes have their own private spaces.
There are currently three such hangars on the east side of the airport and Airport Director Jim Little said they are old and figuratively bursting at the seams.
“Those hangars were brought over from the old county airport when that facility was closed, and they were old at the time,” Little said. “They each house 10 aircraft and they are all full. In addition, we have a long waiting list (for T hangar spaces).”
Aside from being more modern, the new hangar will be more spacious — it will house 12 aircraft as opposed to the capacity of 10 for the older hangars.
The TxDOT grant will finance approximately 90 percent of the total costs for the new hangar. Little said the remaining money would come from airport fees; no local tax money will be used, he added.
“This will be a real asset to the community,” Little said. “And it gives us space for those aircraft which are on the waiting list.”
Construction of the new hangar is tentatively scheduled to begin before this winter, although Little said it is possible work won't begin until spring of 2014.