The Mojave Air and Space Port’s Board of Directors on Tuesday voted to accept a grant totaling $1,364,086 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a 600-foot extension of Taxiway B. The grant is larger than the $1.05 million announced by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Aug. 3.
The board also approved an application to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for a matching grant of up to 5 percent of the project’s total. The maximum amount received would be $68,024; however, CalTrans might cap the award at $25,000.
If the full state matching grant is awarded, total outside funding for the project would amount to $1,432,110.
The board also awarded three contracts for the taxiway extension:
- Granite Construction: $1,099,135
- RB Development (lighting): $53,263
- Aviation Striping (painting): $19,085.
Mojave Airport CEO Karina Drees said the grants would pay for a 600-foot extension of the taxiway. The extension would allow for the construction of an additional hangar to the west of Virgin Galactic’s FAITH facility.
The airport hoped to extend the taxiway even further with a turnaround at the end for aircraft. However, the FAA grant is insufficient to allow for the completion of the taxiway.