U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio announced Wednesday that the Department of Transportation has awarded the airport in Gold Beach a grant to replace the rotating beacon at its general aviation facility.
The equipment helps guide pilots at night or in inclement weather.
An airport in Albany also received a grant to extend its apron and enlarge the area where passengers disembark; the grants totaled almost $400,000.
“Both of these airports are an economic hub for their communities,” DeFazio said. “The funds will go towards securing not only the safety of those who fly in and out of the airports, but the jobs of Oregonians who work in these communities.”
The Gold Beach airport is operated by the Port of Gold Beach and within easy walking distance of the city. It offers fuel services, tie-downs and a pilot’s lounge.
Touted as the “prettiest airport on the Oregon coast,” the facility features a 3,237-foot-long runway at an elevation of 20 feet above sea level. About 5,500 light general aviation aircraft land there each year.