WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — Landing onto the runway at Martin County Airport on a sunny day is a straight shot, but it’s different in the dark with the only light only coming from an outdated 1970s beacon light.
“A beacon is like a lighthouse for our airport,” said Jesse Council, manager for the Martin County Airport. “It flashes white and green in order to help pilots identify not just the airport they are looking for but in the event in an emergency, an airport that may be crucial to them.”
It’s such a crucial piece of equipment to the airport, that North Carolina Department of Transportation, Division of Aviation has given Martin County airport a $95,000 grant to replace it.
“One of the things we’re trying to do is enhance the safety and attractiveness of the airport to attract more pilots to come here,” said David Bone, county manager for Martin County. “Particularly larger jets.”
Lots of updates have been added to Martin County Airport.
“From parallel taxi ways, to fuel farms,” said Council. “To ramp expansions, hangar upgrade.”
With a new self-service fuel stop, the beacon light will allow it to be put to good and consistent use.
These improvements here are very important to Martin County as the airport draws in over 7-million dollars every year.
“Transportation is crucial to an attractive industry to develop our economy,” said Bone.
“To the people who need it and economic development and to the tax base, the tax revenue, the airport is huge,” said Council.
Martin County Airport is important especially for those people flying from the northeast to Florida as its location serves as a halfway point. It’s the perfect place to land safely and refuel.