February 27, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown Applaud $300,000 in Federal Funding for Tipton Airport

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) today applauded the recent award of $300,000 for the Tipton Airport (FME) through the Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This federal grant will fund the second phase of a project to expand the airport’s apron, increasing the capacity for aircraft parking. Tipton Airport is a 350-acre facility located close to Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County.

“Tipton Airport serves as a crucial connector for residents, businesses, and our military bases in the Anne Arundel and Baltimore regions,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Budget Committees. “I’m proud to join in announcing this funding, and I will continue working to ensure that all of Maryland’s airports – big and small – have the resources they need to operate safely and efficiently.”

“Small airports serve a critical role for Maryland small businesses, individuals, and local government agencies,” said Senator Cardin, Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee’s Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. “This funding will support Tipton airport’s ongoing efforts to expand and improve their operations for the benefit of our region.”

“Tipton airport connects local residents, communities and law enforcement around Fort Meade with aircraft needed for business, travel and public safety,” said Congressman Anthony Brown, who serves on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “This additional $300,000 in funding is another step forward in improving Maryland’s infrastructure for our growing economy and population.”

This award is a part of $520 million in grants awarded to 287 airports nationwide for safety and infrastructure improvements. Originally part of Fort Meade, Tipton airport was transferred from the Department of Defense to the Tipton Airport Authority, a state-chartered public corporation, in 1995. Tipton Airport is home to a number of aircraft used by local law enforcement.