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FAAST Blast — New Airport Grants Awarded, Air Race Classic Jun 21-24, Tempering Turbulence
Notice Number: NOTC2440

FAAST Blast — Week of June 13, 2022 – June 19, 2022
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

FAA Awards $518 Million to Improve Critical Airport Infrastructure

In the second round of the 2022 Airport Improvement Program (AIP)?awards, the FAA awarded $518?million to build safer, more accessible airports across the country. This includes 416 grants to?airports across the U.S. to fund a variety of projects such as the construction of new and improved airport facilities, repairs to runways and taxiways, maintenance of airfield elements like lighting or signage, and purchasing equipment needed to operate and maintain airports.

Examples of grants include $7 million to reconfigure three intersecting runways at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, Ill.; $5.3 million to improve drainage at Savanah/Hilton Head International Airport in Savanah, Ga.; and $431,680 to rehabilitate airport lighting, including the installation of LED runway and taxiway lights at Faribault Municipal-Liz Wall Strohfus Field Airport in Faribault, Minn.

The FAA has awarded a total of $1.1 billion of the $3.2 billion total funding available in Fiscal Year 2022. A complete listing of grants is on the?FAA website. You can also view an interactive map here with all the awards. 

Air Race Classic Takes Place June 21-24

The Air Race Classic, an all-women, day VFR race, will take place from June 21-24, 2022. The race will begin in Lakeland, Fla., (KLAL), and end in Terre Haute, Ind., (KHUF), with eight official stop airports along the route: KMGR, KMSL, KHBG, KPBF, KADH, KLWC, KMVN, and KTHA. Racers will conduct a high-speed, low pass (flyby) to mark their time at each airport and then may land for fuel or an overnight stay before continuing. The race route and additional information are available at

Race Teams will arrive randomly at each designated stop airport during the four days of the race. The flybys are usually offset to one side of one of the runways. On approach to the flyby, Racers will make 2-3 radio calls on the local CTAF frequency announcing “Classic Racer” plus their team number, distance out, and if they will be landing or continuing after the flyby. Airplane speeds range from 120-180 knots. Please use caution when approaching one of these airports when a flyby is in progress. NOTAMs will be issued at each flyby airport. For more information, email

Tempering Turbulence

Turbulence is downright scary. It can cause injury to passengers and crew, damage the aircraft, and even lead to an accident. Learn how the FAA is working to mitigate the impacts of turbulence on aviation in the article “Dislike Turbulent Flights?” here: Click for more weather technology tools and resources in our May/June weather-themed issue of FAA Safety Briefing here:


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