OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission last week awarded state grants to several Oklahoma communities for various airport infrastructure projects. The Commission awarded the grants through its Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
“We know through this year’s Aviation & Aerospace Economic Impact Study that 109 airports in the Oklahoma Airport System are responsible for $10.6B of annual economic activity. It is important to maintain and continually improve our state airport system to meet the needs of users of the system such as business, aeromedical, and personal. The Commission is pleased to provide Oklahoma communities with federal and state financial assistance to develop and maintain their local airports,” said director of aeronautics Victor Bird. “These airports are gateways to the world for communities across our state.”
The Commission approved grant funds for a project that was identified in the Commission’s CIP at David Jay Perry Airport in Goldsby. The project consisted of installing new LED medium intensity runway lights on the main runway. Currently, the runway lights are out of service, therefore the Commission’s funding will allow the airports nighttime operations to resume in an expedient manner. The estimated total project cost was $350,000 and was funded with $315,000 state grant funds and $35,000 of sponsor matching funds. By way of the intergovernmental agreement, the state grant funds would be reimbursed when federal funds become available.
The aviation economic study showed the Goldsby David Jay Perry Airport has annual economic activity of $1.7M. The regional business airports are the backbone of our state’s air transportation system and are located at the economic centers in the state. The Commission continues to focus the majority of the federal and state funds to regional business airports and projects that make significant improvements to the system.
Several local, state, and federal agencies benefit from and rely on the airport. These include the local sheriff’s department, U.S. Border Patrol, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP).
David Jay Perry Airport plays an important role in supporting statewide healthcare. Small hospitals or clinics are often not able to keep medical specialists on staff. Through services that are supported by the airport, healthcare services for citizens across the state are augmented. Doctors fly from larger cities in Oklahoma to see patients in smaller communities, and local airports. Airports such as David Jay Perry, are essential to supporting their travel.
The CIP is the method used by the Commission to determine where federal and state funds will be invested. These decisions regarding airport development are consistent with achieving the goals laid out in the Oklahoma Airport System Plan (OASP). Airports included in the OASP are functionally classified as regional business, district or community. For more information about the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission programs and the 2017 Aviation Economic Impact Study results, visit oac.ok.gov.
(CUTLINE: At the December 6, 2017 Aeronautics Commission meeting, Dale Williams, deputy director of airports for the agency presented the agenda item regarding a David Jay Perry Airport grant in the amount of $350,000 which was passed by the full Commission. Photo credit to OAC staff.)