Lynchburg City Council is expected to contribute just under $200,000 this year to the operational budget of the Lynchburg Regional Airport. On Tuesday, Council members took a tour of the facility, received a briefing on airport operations; and updates on commercial and general aviation achievements and pending projects. In the spring, the airport plans to start construction on a $4.5 million project to improve the taxi- ways. Next year, the airport is planning a new air traffic control tower. In November, the Economic Development Authority visited the site to view the current layout as part of their efforts to bring a commercial hangar for aircraft maintenance to the site. The airport has what’s called a master plan, a requirement from the FAA. The goal is for the airport to be self-sufficient in 2015.