CAHOKIA, Ill. – St. Louis Downtown Airport is home to a new ground engine run-up and compass calibration pad made possible by the state’s Rebuild Illinois capital plan supported by state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea.

“St. Louis Downtown Airport is an important economic generator for our communities in the Metro East, and it’s critical that we ensure it is properly modernized and ready to meet the demands of tomorrow,” Hoffman said. “These updates will help attract business to the airport, assist with operational safety and secure quality, high-paying jobs.”

Work recently wrapped up on the airport’s new ground engine run-up and compass calibration pad that were mostly funded through a $5 million grant awarded through Rebuild Illinois.

The ground engine run-up project includes new pavement with jet blast deflectors needed for aircraft maintenance tests. Designed to handle more powerful modern aircraft engines, the updated test site will also reduce noise for the surrounding area. Aircraft will also have navigational equipment tested at the airport’s new compass calibration pad, which allows for a series of tests free from magnetic influences.

“These improvements are a great example of the smart investments being made under Rebuild Illinois, which is supporting local jobs and ensuring our infrastructure is well-positioned for the years ahead.” Hoffman said. “I appreciate the advocacy from state, local and airport officials to get this project done.”

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