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West Virginia's most used airport will receive a $13.5 million Federal Aviation Administration grant to rebuild the runway safety overrun area that collapsed after a 2015 landslide.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state's U.S. congressmen announced the allocation Wednesday for Yeager Airport. Replacing the area allows Yeager to restore 500 feet (150 meters) of runway for operational use.

Aerial view of Yeager Airport
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A small private plane skidded off the taxiway at Yeager Airport in Charleston.

The plane went off into the grass toward the end of the taxiway Wednesday night.

Private Plane
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An 81-year-old senator who is an avid pilot is trying to loosen medical exam requirements so that private pilots don't have to make so many doctors' visits to show they are fit to fly.

Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe had quadruple heart bypass surgery two years ago, but still flies.

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The Morgantown Municipal Airport is partnering with the Air Force Reserve on a runway extension project.

The city expects the partnership to save it at least $8 million in construction costs. The city says it hopes to put the savings toward its match for Federal Aviation Administration funding for the project.

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  Yeager Airport officials are exploring a project that could make the airport the first in the nation to run entirely on electricity it generates from solar panels.

The Charleston Gazette reports that members approved a motion to find the lowest bid on the project at a board meeting Thursday.

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Three airports in Southern West Virginia have been awarded federal grants to improve airfield infrastructure.