"Dedication of New Runway"
Michael Huerta, Nashua, NH
August 31, 2012

Dedication of New Runway at Nashua Municipal Airport

Thank you, Donald (Davidson), for that nice introduction.

Greetings to Senator (Jeanne) Shaheen, Mayor (Donnalee) Lozeau and Commissioner (Christopher) Clement. I can’t tell you how delightful it is to be here with you in Nashua. It’s not every day that we have the opportunity to commission a new runway.

Our nation’s transportation infrastructure provides an essential foundation for our national economy. I’m talking about roads, bridges, rail lines, and runways. Investments in these areas not only create jobs, they create an America built to last. They support an America that’s more competitive in the global marketplace.

Civil aviation alone adds $1.3 trillion and 10 million jobs to our nation’s economy.

The Federal Aviation Administration is doing our part by investing in runway improvement projects at airports around the nation. These projects support our mission to maintain the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world. This is why we’re here today.   

On behalf of President Obama and Secretary LaHood, the FAA is proud to invest $23 million dollars in the improvement of Runway 14-32 here at Nashua’s Boire Field.

This runway reconstruction is particularly noteworthy because it’s one of the largest general aviation airport projects in the country.

And, it is being completed on time and within budget, thanks to the great collaboration between the airport, airport users, private industry, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, and the FAA.

This upgrade will ensure that Nashua Municipal Airport remains safe and accessible for all people who visit, and who live and work in the Nashua area.

This is an important airport for recreational and corporate flight operations. The pavement had exceeded its useful life, and has been rehabbed for the first time since 1987. The runway has also been lengthened to 6,000 feet, which enhances safety and accommodates the growth and changes we’re seeing in aviation. The runway features new safety features. It is equipped with runway safety areas on both ends and is in compliance with the latest federal standards.

These critical safety improvements at Nashua Municipal Airport, and other infrastructure investments at airports across America are creating a platform for the FAA’s full scale air traffic modernization – a plan called NextGen. 

NextGen is transforming the way our nation flies. The movement to the next generation of aviation is enabled by the shift from radar – which served us well in the first century of flight – to satellites – which will serve us well in aviation’s second century. 

With increasingly congested skies, NextGen is creating a more precise and predictable system that reduces delays from gate to gate. NextGen means less time on the ground with new departure communication between pilots and air traffic control.

It also equals less time in the air with more direct routes, and will deliver a smoother and faster arrival for an overall better travel experience.  More efficient and streamlined flights will also reduce our consumption of fuel and thereby reduce cost, emissions and noise.

Thank you for having us today.  We look forward to the continued partnership with the Nashua Airport Authority as we continue to ensure the world’s safest aviation system.