NEWS RELEASE: Commission Approves Airport Improvements and Names New Chair to the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission


For Immediate Release

May 12, 2016


OKLAHOMA CITY –  The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC) met last Thursday to discuss agency business with a primary focus on public comments and revisions to the Commission’s Proposed FY2017 - FY2019 Capital Improvement Program (CIP).  

Vice chairman Michael Ray called the meeting to order with the announcement of the passing of Commissioner Tom Stephenson followed by a moment of silence to reflect on Stephenson’s time as a commissioner and his life. Stephenson passed away on April 9, 2016, at the age of 79. 

Aeronautics Commission agency director, Vic Bird, addressed the four of the six commissioners present regarding recent aerospace conferences such as the MRO Americas and AUVSI Conferences. He also announced the office relocation of OAC to 110 N. Robinson, Suite 200 in downtown Oklahoma City.  Bird spoke briefly about FAA State Directors Meeting in Fort Worth he attended where much of the discussion turned to drones and FAA regulations.  A speech in Enid, the Kingfisher open house occurring back in April, and the Grove Terminal Building Grand Opening rounded out his presentation.

Other presentations and discussion from agency staff included the introduction of new staff, a legislative affairs briefing, the Aviation Impact Study update, financial reports, the International Aviation Art Contest, and the Aerospace and Aviation Education Grant update.  

On an annual basis, the Commission prepares and formally adopts its CIP, and today’s meeting addressed several different public use airports. The Commission’s CIP is the programming document for federal and state funds for airport development, consistent with the Oklahoma Airport System Plan. Commissioners were briefed on the process and progress to contract the engineering firms for the development of preliminary engineering reports for airports that are identified or being considered for inclusion in the Commission’s CIP.

More than $98 million in airport infrastructure projects are slated for the next several years as part of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission’s proposed airport Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for fiscal years 2017-2019.

Projects at nearly 40 airports within the state system are included in the approved CIP, with the majority involving pavement work of some kind, such as the rehabilitation of a runway or taxiway.  The majority of projects in the CIP will be paid through a combination of federal, state and local funds.  

Through its CIP, the Commission determines the airport projects that will be constructed at the 107 general aviation airports that are part of the state system and how they will be funded. Projects are prioritized based upon safety, preservation, standards and capacity.

Federal grants typically require a 10-percent local match from the airport sponsor. The Aeronautics Commission provides half this local match for projects identified in its three-year construction program. State grants require a five-percent local match.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Vice Chairman Michael Ray was appointed as the new Chairman, Wes Stucky was appointed as the new Vice Chairman, and David Conway was appointed as the new Secretary.  The next commission meeting was set for July 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.


Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission

by Sandra Shelton, Director of Communications & Government Affairs

Phone: (405) 604-6900

110 N Robinson, Suite 200, Oklahoma City, OK 73102