Hot Springs Airport to add hangar space after FAA grant
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. — The Federal Aviation Administration is granting $3.2 million to six airports across South Dakota. One west river airport can now move forward with plans of hangar space that could help boost the local economy.
The Hot Springs Airport will get $150,000 to build a new hangar.
When the current airport manager, Ed Jensen, took his position at the Hot Springs Airport, there were 18 based aircraft. Ten years later, 28 planes live at the Hot Springs Airport. Soon, 10 more spots will be available.
“I have a list of about 10 to 12 aircraft that want to come in here but for the lack of hangar space available, we can’t take them,” said Jensen.
A $150,000 grant from the FAA will fund a new 13,000 sq. ft. t-hangar with room for 10 planes. Jensen says he’s been working to add spaces for over five years.
Jensen says the Hot Springs Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in western South Dakota.
The goal to add space and bring in more planes is to not only bring in revenue for the city and airport but also to more businesses in downtown Hot Springs.
“It’d be revenue to the city,” said Jensen. “You know, fuel sales, going to restaurants and businesses in town, plus leasing of the hangars.”
Jensen’s vision for the hangar can now move forward a year ahead of schedule with building possible by 2021. The expected cost of the hangar is expected to fall between $700,000 to $800,000.
Clyde-Ice Field in Spearfish was also a recipient of $200,000 to conduct a study.
Other airports receiving grant money include:
- $2,727,388 to Aberdeen Regional Airport to rehabilitate a taxiway
- $45,000 to Wilder Airport in DeSmet to build a taxiway
- $60,000 to Redfield Municipal Airport to install a perimeter fence
- $55,000 to Harold Davidson Field in Vermillion to rehabilitate a taxiway