Flying Tiger Aviation LLC retains its $575,000 state grant for improvements at Morehouse Memorial Airport in Bastrop, economic development officials ruled Friday.

The Louisiana Economic Development Corp. approved the performance-based grant Oct. 17, but one of Flying Tiger’s executives and guarantors was killed the same day in a freakish on-ground accident at Hook Memorial Airport in Rayville.

Longtime legislative, education and aviation figure Edwards Barham was the guarantor who died. But business partner and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Lawrence Rolfs agreed Friday to guarantee 100 percent of the performance required by the grant.

Flying Tiger was awarded the state grant after Barham and Rolfs agreed the pilot-training company would hire 29 additional full-time employees and provide another $272,000 for improvements at Morehouse Memorial.

The company trains pilots for onboard crop-dusting services. It also trains on-ground pilots for drone crop-dusting services.