BOONE, Iowa—Waiting for federal funding is always a long, slow process, but this week, the Boone Airport Commission was successful in the application for funding to upgrade the AWOS or automated weather observation system at the airport. It’s actually been going on around the state and has been a focus of the Iowa Department of Transportation. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin announced the eight airports in the state will be using the nearly $983,000 for the system upgrade. Boone Airport Commission members had included the project in their capital projects with plans to have it done this summer. The revenue comes from taxes pilots pay on fuel. The AWOS upgrade is just one of many projects that the Airport Commission has been able to move ahead with. There is currently the construction of an additional hangar being built. The construction is actually being paid for through a long-term leases to a private renters. Last year also saw additional work done on the airport taxiway and the fueling site. The Commission has been able to move ahead on phased projects using grants from the U.S. Transportation Department and the Federal Aviation Administration. Those grants general require a fairly small match at the local level.