Kansas is the "aviation state," and also a state with every kind of weather. So, in the winter runways have to be cleared of snow.
The equipment used to do that at Pratt Regional Airport is showing some serious signs of wear, but plans to get a new plow and truck have stalled. That's because the airport must get equipment that's at least 60 percent American-made in order to get a grant from the FAA.
Even though the brands may be American, the airport manager says many of the components in the equipment now are foreign-made. That wasn't the case back when the old stuff was built--but times have changed.
An FAA spokeswoman says she's never heard of this kind of problem in finding American-made snow removal equipment. But the agency will work with the Airport Authority to try to come up with a solution.
In the meantime, the old equipment may have to last another winter clearing the runways at Pratt Regional Airport.Cost of the new equipment is just over $100,000.