2021.07.14 Commission Meeting Minutes

Submitted by Sandra Shelton on Tue, 03/08/2022 - 10:41am
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03/08/2022

OKLAHOMA AERONAUTICS COMMISSION MEETING

WEDNESDAY, July 14, 2021, AT 10:00 AM

OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

FIRST FLOOR COMMISSION ROOM

200 NE 21ST STREET, OKLAHOMA CITY, OKlahoma

 

MINUTES

 

  1. Announcement of COMPLIANCE WITH THE OPEN MEETING AcT, filing of meeting notice, and posting of the agenda — Chairman James “Jim” Putnam, and Chris Wadsworth, Chief of Staff

Chairman Putnam announced that the meeting notice and agendas were posted in compliance with the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act. The meeting was held at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) First Floor Commission Room at 200 NE 21st Street in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The meeting agenda and materials relied upon by the Commissioners were also posted at  www.oac.ok.gov and distributed via email. The audio connection was monitored and the meeting was livestreamed at https://video.ibm.com/channel/CKEfwftDGHz and recorded. The recording is available online at https://youtu.be/rvMA3NGGapw.

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER AND RECORDING OF MEMBERS PRESENT AND ABSENT — Chairman Putnam and Andrea Post, Executive Assistant to Director Ardies

Andrea Post called roll and recorded the following Commissioners present and absent:

Present         Kevin Potter              Commissioner (District 1)

               David Conway          Commissioner (District 2)

               Charles Ortega         Commissioner (District 3)

               Blake Raney             Commissioner (District 5)

               Jim Putnam               Chairman (At-Large)

               Jerry Hunter              Vice Chairman (At-Large)

 

Absent           Lindy Ritz                  Secretary (District 4)           

A quorum was confirmed, and Chairman Putnam called the meeting to order at 10:01 a.m. CST.

 

 

  1. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE AERONAUTICS COMMISSION MEETING ON MAY 12, 2021 — Chairman Putnam and Andrea Post (Action Required)

Commissioner Hunter made a motion to accept the minutes from the May 12, 2021 meeting of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. Commissioner Conway seconded the motion. Chairman Putnam called for the vote, and the votes were recorded as follows:

Ayes -               Commissioner Potter

                                       Commissioner Ortega

Commissioner Raney

Chairman Putnam

Commissioner Hunter

 

Nays -               None

 

Abstained -      Commissioner Conway

 

The motion carried 5-0.

 

  1. Recognition of former Commissioners Dave Amis and Michael Ray –Tim Gatz, Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation, and Grayson Ardies, State Director of Aeronautics (Information Only)

The Commission recognized former District 5 Commissioner Dave Amis, III, for his 24 years of dedicated service to the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission from 1996 – 2020. Dave Amis served on the Commission from 1996 – 2020 and served as Chairman four times. He is a licensed pilot with over 2700 hours and has around 40 years of experience in aerospace and aviation. He is also the owner of Vector Air aircraft consulting. Secretary Gatz thanked Dave Amis for his service and expertise and presented him with a commendation from Governor Stitt. Director Ardies also thanked him for his service and guidance and presented him with a commemorative lamp made from a decommissioned runway light.

The Commissioner then recognized former District 3 Commissioner Michael Ray, for his dedicated service to the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission from 2011 through 2020. Michael Ray served once as Chairman. Director Ardies explained that Michael Ray owns 5R Companies and is heavily involved in the agriculture business and also serves on the state school board. Secretary Gatz expressed his appreciation for Michael Ray’s service and dedication and presented him with a commendation from Governor Stitt. Director Ardies also thanked him and presented him with a commemorative lamp made from a decommissioned runway light.

 

  1. Transportation Modernization Initiative draft final report — Director Ardies and Mr. Wadsworth (Information Only)

Director Ardies mentioned that the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC), the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority already share several services, including audio-visual and strategic communications services, but that the information provided through draft final report of the Transportation Modernization Initiative (an initiative undertaken through the vision and leadership of Secretary Gatz) helped provide a framework and means to identify opportunities to improve and streamline sharing of services between these agencies going forward. He reported that modernization will be an ongoing process. He noted that Jessica Brown has been hired as the director of Strategic Communications for the Transportation cabinet as a result of this initiative. Secretary Gatz recognized Director Ardies and Chris Wadsworth, Chief of Staff, for their work during this year-long highly-involved modernization process. Mr. Wadsworth noted that the recommendations to create of cabinet-wide human resources and information technology services would allow OAC to tap into additional expertise and resources, and that they also would look at centralizing payroll and a cabinet-wide audit group. Commissioner Hunter thanked Secretary Gatz and Governor Stitt for undertaking the work of modernization.

 

  1. recognition of the transportation cabinet at the Governor’s leadership summit – Secretary Gatz (Information Only)

Secretary Gatz informed the Commission that the conversation about modernization began when Governor Stitt appointed Secretary Gatz to dual directorship of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. Secretary Gatz noted that combining the leadership roles worked well, and as a continuation, the Transportation Cabinet capitalized on the efforts by bringing in an organizational development consultant, Guidehouse, to look deeply into the operations of each Oklahoma agency related to transportation and identify possible opportunities to maximize efficiencies, share services, and streamline operational structures. The recommendations include both long and short-term recommendations to enhance and improve cabinet operations. Secretary Gatz emphasized that they are being mindful of ensuring the unique identities and functions of each agency during the process. He said that the Transportation Cabinet received a “Cost Savings, Value & Efficiency Award” from the Governor at the 3rd Annual Governor’s Leadership Summit on June 23, 2021. The Cabinet is one of seven state agencies to receive recognition this year and the award is specific to the modernization effort. Chairman Putnam noted that it takes skill to successfully navigate and communicate change to working employees, but that this seems to be going well. Secretary Gatz noted that anxiety can be part of change, that change management efforts are ongoing, and that he is grateful for the support of the Governor for the modernization initiative.

 

  1. Introduction of New Aviation Program Intern – Director Ardies (Information Only)

Director Ardies briefly informed the Commission regarding the agency’s new aviation program intern, Shann Brashier, who started with the Commission in June of 2021. Ms. Brashier attends Oklahoma State University and plans to graduate in fall 2021 with a degree in Aviation Management. She is involved in the student chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives, as well.

 

  1. Director’s Report – Director Ardies (Information Only)
    1. Mid-Air Collision Avoidance Fly-In at Altus Air Force Base – May 15

Director Ardies reported that he and Commissioner Raney attended; the event brought pilots, the Base, and the Air Force together to discuss the best ways to avoid mid-air collisions in shared training airspace in Western Oklahoma.

    1. “Sooner to Space” featuring former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at Rose State – May 18

Director Ardies reported that he attended the “Sooner to Space” event featuring former Administrator Bridenstine. Bridenstine was the NASA Administrator under President Trump’s administration and has a long and distinguished history of service in the aviation industry; he was introduced at this event by General Lee Levy, former Commander of Tinker Air Force Base. The event brought together many members of the aviation and aerospace community and was a great success.

    1. Mint Turbines 40th Anniversary Celebration & Reception – May 18 & 19

Director Ardies reported that he attended the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Mint Turbines. Mint Turbines is a company operating at Stroud Airport that works on several kinds of aircraft engines and provides many well-paying local jobs.

    1. 2021 Aviator Ball at Tulsa Air & Space Museum – May 22

Director Ardies reported that he and Commissioner Potter attended the 2021 Aviator Ball at the Tulsa Air & Space Museum with special guests, astronauts John Herrington, Fred Haise, Charlie Duke, and General Tom Stafford. The panel also included Rosemary Roosa, daughter of astronaut Stewart Roosa, and Gerry Griffin, NASA flight director during the Apollo program. Representative Crosswhite-Hader and Mark Harter with the House of Representatives attended, as well as Sandra Shelton and Paula Kedy.

    1. Stroud Municipal Airport Planning Meeting – June 1

Director Ardies and OAC airports staff visited Stroud Municipal Airport for a planning meeting; they discussed the next steps for the runway extension in the current approved Airport Construction Program.

    1. Sheppard Air Force Base Spring Regional Development Alliance Meeting – June 2

Sheppard Air Force Base routes run through Oklahoma, and OAC has close ties due to efforts to identify and protect military training airspace. General Kenyon Bell was at the meeting, and OAC reported on the Oklahoma Military Airspace Compatibility Assessment Mapping Portal (OMACAMP) project at this meeting.

    1. Filming with Nik Coleman for Inside the Sky documentary – June 16

Director Ardies and Paula Kedy, Aviation and Aerospace Education Coordinator, were interviewed for the “Inside the Sky” documentary project. This project had been put on hold due to COVID-19. Tim Roehl with GAMI in Ada was also interviewed.

    1. Governor’s Hope Summit for Agency Leaders – June 22

Director Ardies reported that he attended his year’s Governor’s Summit, which was inspiring and had the theme of hope, including topics such as hope for change and how to use hope as a strategy to move the mission of the agency forward to serve the citizens of Oklahoma.

    1. Durant Airport Site Visit and Strategic Planning Meeting – June 24

Director Ardies reported that he and the Aviation Program Managers met with staff of the Durant Airport along with other local stakeholders. The airport has experienced an influx of activity and interest in development thanks to the runway expansion, the activities of the Choctaw Nation and growth of the Choctaw Casino, and expansion of the Dallas/ Fort Worth metroplex.

    1. Skydio Demonstration at Choctaw Nation – June 24

Aviation Program Managers Nick Young and Thomas Galloway attended an unmanned aerial systems (UAS) demonstration hosted by the Choctaw Nation highlighting new automated technology by Skydio. Technologies that were demonstrated included artificial intelligence systems to improve inspection capabilities of drones by reducing the likelihood of collisions, new 3-D modeling capabilities, and remote drone operations and docking.

    1. Introductory meeting with Secretary Scott Mueller of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce – June 29

Director Ardies met with new Secretary of Commerce Scott Mueller and Department of Commerce Director Brent Kisling to discuss strategies to better operate the  Aerospace Commerce Economic Services (Economic Development) program and to better partner and utilize resources in order to develop and propel the state’s aerospace industry.

    1. Oklahoma Airport Operators Association (OAOA) General Membership Meeting – July 8

Director Ardies reported that airports division staff attended the OAOA general membership meeting in Tulsa.

    1. 2021 American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Conference & Expo and United States Contract Tower Association (USCTA) General Membership Meeting - July 11-13

Director Ardies attended the AAAE Conference & Expo and USCTA General Members Policy Board Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, along with other Oklahoma partners. He reported that discussions have already begun to identify priorities for the FAA reauthorization bill for 2023.

 

  1. Airport Dedications – Director Ardies (Information Only)
    1. Skiatook Municipal Airport Runway Dedication - May 14

Director Ardies thanked the staff of OAC, the Department of Transportation, and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority for their efforts to produce the runway celebration events. Skiatook celebrated the completion of a $2 million project to reconstruct a 3,000’ runway. Over 150 people attended, including Governor Stitt, who spoke at the event. Commissioner Raney and Chairman Putnam flew their planes to this event.

    1. Ponca City Runway Celebration - July 9

Director Ardies noted that 200-250 people attended, and that this event was also very successful. He mentioned that Enrique’s restaurant on the Ponca City airport property is a particular draw for pilots.

 

  1. aviatIon and aerospace education update – Director Ardies and Paula Kedy, Aerospace and Aviation Education Coordinator (Information Only)

The Commission will be briefed on the following:

    1. Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Program

Ms. Kedy reported that she has been working diligently to inform Oklahoma educators and the public about the AOPA “You Can Fly” high school curriculum. Last year, 16 Oklahoma school districts taught this curriculum, and for 2022, 33 schools have been approved to teach the AOPA curriculum. The curriculum is also available to homeschool consortiums.

    1. Aerospace and Aviation Education Grant Program

Ms. Kedy reported that OAC received 57 grant applications during this year’s application period, and staff are working through these applications and will bring the final recommendations before the Commission in August. She thanked Michelle Bouziden, OAC grants administrator, for her work and assistance with the grant applications.

    1. Aerospace Education Summits

Ms. Kedy reported that Bluejacket High School in northeastern Oklahoma hosted an Aerospace Education Summit on June 22; there were about 60 attendees including school superintendents, legislators, staff from the Dept. of Commerce, and staff from CareerTech. She reported that Lawton is hosting an Aero Education Summit on July 23rd; and that Duncan and Guymon have expressed interest in Aero Education. Ms. Kedy also thanked Sandra Shelton, OAC Communications and Government Affairs Coordinator, for her efforts to produce and promote these events.

    1. Industry Meeting in Bristow

Ms. Kedy reported that she and Director Ardies visited with Jake Manus and three industry leaders in Bristow - Consolidated Turbine Specialists, Vertical Aerospace, and PAS MRO – about workforce development opportunities. These companies expressed interest in working with local schools to foster educational opportunities in aviation and aerospace.

    1. Choose Aerospace Aviation Technical Curriculum

Ms. Kedy reported that Choose Aerospace has developed a technical maintenance curriculum for juniors and seniors. Two schools will be field testing this curriculum this fall in Oklahoma, and it is anticipated that it will roll out to all schools in the nation next year. Unlike the AOPA curriculum, this curriculum has an annual per-student cost. She reported that the Choose Aerospace curriculum was developed by Clemson University and the Association for Career and Technology Education. Commissioner Raney noted that it is exciting for young students without family ties to the aviation industry to have opportunities in aviation and aerospace.

 

  1. LEGISLATIVE, CONGRESSIONAL AND REGULATORY UPDATE — Director Ardies and Sandra Shelton, Communications and Government Affairs Coordinator (Information Only)

Ms. Shelton and Director Ardies briefed the Commission on legislation and public policy issues concerning airports, aviation and aerospace and Commission legislative initiatives that passed during the 2021 Legislative session.

  1. Legislative
    1. Oklahoma Department of Transportation Bidding
    2. Unmanned Aerial Systems
    3. $2M Appropriation
    4. Engineer Tax Credits

Director Ardies recapped the passage of the bill that allows OAC to use the ODOT bidding system for projects and the bill naming the OAC a clearinghouse organization for the state to organize and integrate Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) assets to help attract and develop the UAS industry. This session, a bill also passed to clarify the language to allow engineers who earned their Master’s or Ph.D. degree at a university with any ABET-accredited engineering program to qualify for the Engineer Tax Credits. The Aeronautics Commission also received a $2,000,000 appropriation this year after many years of effort and advocacy; this will allow OAC to invest more in airport infrastructure. Director Ardies thanked the Commissioners, the Legislature, the Governor, Senate President Pro Tempore, Speaker of the House, the Chairs of the Appropriations and Budget committees, Senator Rosino, and the public for their advocacy efforts to spur investment in infrastructure.

 

  1. Congressional
    1. American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds
    2. Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) Funds

Director Ardies informed the Commission about the relief funds for airports - ARPA funds and CRRSAA funds. He noted that the total investment from CRRSAA for Oklahoma is $15.2 million, with $9,000 available for general aviation “basic” category airports; $13,000 for “local” category airports, $23,000 for “regional” category airports, $57,000 for “national” category airports, and that contract tower airports received an additional $34,000. Oklahoma’s two primary commercial airports, Lawton-Ft. Sill and Stillwater, received around $1 million each, while Will Rogers World Airport received around $6.4 million, and Tulsa International Airport received around $5.5 million. Grant applications and offers for CRRSAA funds are currently in progress. ARPA funds awarded $36.8 million to Oklahoma, with basic general aviation airports receiving $22,000; local receiving $32,000; regional receiving $59,000, and national receiving $148,000. Lawton and Stillwater airports each received approximately $1.2 – 1.3 million, Will Rogers World Airport received $17.8 million, and Tulsa International Airport received $13.8 million. Director Ardies noted that these funds were necessary to sustain operations at these airports due to the downturn in revenue from lower passenger counts, loss of facility charges, and other impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic. He noted that recreational air travel rates are increasing, but that business travel has been slower to recover. Director Ardies confirmed for Chairman Putnam that these funds are a one-time funding opportunity and that the OAC is encouraging airports to take advantage of the funds available.

 

  1. Regulatory Update
    1. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Rules for Recreational Flyers

Director Ardies explained that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that UAS operators must hold a certificate of completion of The Recreational UAS Safety Test, or TRUST certificate. The test is offered freely, and OAC has been spreading the message about this new requirement.

 

  1. APPROVAL TO PARTNER WITH OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AT 2021 NATIONAL BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION – Business Aviation CONVENTION & Exhibition — Director Ardies (Action Required)

Director Ardies briefed the Commission on a request to approve up to $5,000 for the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission to share an exhibit space with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and other Oklahoma public and private entities at the National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exposition, (NBAA) October 12-14, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Director Ardies confirmed with Chairman Putnam that the agency has been exhibiting at this event annually since 2018 and attended biannually for many years before 2018.

Commissioner Conway moved to approve up to $5,000 for a partnership to exhibit at NBAA. Commissioner Potter seconded the motion. Chairman Putnam called for the vote, and the votes were recorded as follows:

Ayes -               Commissioner Potter

                                       Commissioner Conway

                                       Commissioner Ortega

Commissioner Raney

Chairman Putnam

Commissioner Hunter

 

Nays -               None

 

The motion carried 6-0.

 

12. OKLAHOMA MUNICIPAL LEAGUE (OML) CONFERENCE — Director Ardies (Action
Required)

Director Ardies briefed the Commission on a request to approve $250 to exhibit at the 2021 Oklahoma Municipal League Annual Conference & Expo, which will be held Sept. 7-9, at the Oklahoma City Convention Center in Oklahoma City. He noted that the majority of airport sponsors in Oklahoma are municipalities, and that the OAC has exhibited at OML annually for over 10 years.

Commissioner Hunter moved to approve to exhibit at OML at the government rate of $250. Commissioner Conway seconded the motion. Chairman Putnam called for the vote, and the votes were recorded as follows:

Ayes -               Commissioner Potter

                                       Commissioner Conway

                                       Commissioner Ortega

Commissioner Raney

Chairman Putnam

Commissioner Hunter

 

Nays -               None

 

The motion carried 6-0.

 

  1. FINANCIAL REPORT— Mr. Wadsworth (Information Only)

Mr. Chris Wadsworth reported that, at June 30, 2021, the end of fiscal year 2021, the agency had a cash balance of $6 million with encumbrances totaling about $3.5 million, leaving an unencumbered cash balance of around $2.5 million. Outstanding reimbursements total around $1.5 million. Expenditures from the last fiscal year totaled $7.3 million. Total statutory revenue collected from May 2021 was $274,579 and from June 2021 was $509,655. Total statutory revenues for FY21 total $5.3 million, which compares with $4.6 million for FY20. Revenues from January and February 2021 had been around 40% less; but ended at 115% up from the previous year – a big turnaround. Not included in these reported figures was the additional ~$1.5 million in coronavirus relief dollars received from the State, bringing the total coronavirus relief funds received by the agency to $3 million. These relief funds were one-time funds. Compared to the three-year average, the agency ended FY21 up around $700,000. The additional funds are almost completely tied to aircraft excise tax. Aircraft excise tax revenue is capped at $4.5 million for OAC; FY21 collections were $4.2 million. FY22 began July 1, 2021; OMES approved the budget on June 29, 2021. Projected revenue is $8.7 million, projected expenses are $10.8 million, and the fiscal year began with $6 million in the account. Projected expenses for the airport construction program are around $9.5 million, or around 89% of the budget; $469,000 for aviation education, and $859,000 for administrative, operating, and IT services. The $10.8 million total budget for FY22 is approximately $3.5 million more than the FY21 budget; the addition is tied almost exclusively to the airport construction program and reflects the $2 million appropriation and additional revenue from aircraft excise tax.

 

  1. HANGAR GRANT/LOAN PROGRAM – Director Ardies and Nick Young, Aviation Program Manager (Information Only)

Director Ardies briefed the Commission on the initial framework of a possible Hangar Grant/Loan Program for the 5-year Airport Construction Program. Director Ardies noted that the $2 million appropriation may provide funds for this. Many airports and trade associations in Oklahoma expressed a need for hangar facilities and vertical infrastructure at airports, and businesses wanting to relocate to Oklahoma also need hangars and vertical infrastructure. Traditionally, the FAA has not funded vertical infrastructure. The OAC researched other states’ programs and considered options including a possible small grant program for around 30% of hangar construction costs that could allow the sponsor to get traditional funds or other revenue, or possibly create a loan program for around 60-70% of hangar construction costs with a low interest rate of 1.5-2%. The OAC would gather information from airports about the interest in the program and how to structure the program before going forward. State statutes allow OAC to provide assistance by grant or loan, and rules would need to be put in place for this program.

Mr. Nick Young, Aviation Program Manager, explained that OAC sent out a survey to members of the National Association of State Aviation Officials to gather information on what other states do to support hangars or vertical infrastructure development at airports. The responses showed that Mississippi had a hangar construction loan program with 1% interest rate and a 10-year payback period; the program filters through $1 million annually and funds revolve. Montana reported a $350,000 hangar loan program with interest set at 1/2 of the prime rate calculated at the start of the calendar year in addition to offering a standard $2 million annual grant program. California started with $1 million revolving loan program with a 17-year term and the interest rate based on latest state bond pricing. Wyoming has a loan program with 5% interest and up to 30-year payback; this higher interest rate led to a lower program utilization rate. In Washington, the state received 2 rounds of $5 million for lending and charged 2% interest and 20-year payback period; they had a $750,000 cap per project. Missouri used a variable competitive rate over a 10-year payback period. Mr. Young reported that a set interest rate seemed to help airport sponsors plan and utilize the program. Director Ardies clarified that the program would only be available to the airports in the Oklahoma airport system. Chairman Putnam clarified that hangars often become property of the sponsor, which deters many aircraft owners from building hangars. Director Ardies noted that the highest priority projects would be hangars for businesses or business attraction to help support jobs and industry in communities, then large general-use hangars, and lastly, smaller T or box hangars.

 

  1. AIRPORT CONSTRUCTION GRANT PROGRAM Consent Docket — Ben Naghavi, Airport Engineer (Action Required)

Any Commissioner may request that any or all of these items be considered individually.

Ben Naghavi, Airport Engineer, explained the following airport construction projects to the Commission and requested approval of state grant funds:

 

  1. A state grant for a project that was currently identified in the Commission’s approved Airport Construction Program at Ardmore Municipal Airport. The project consists of rehabilitating runway 13/31 and installing new LED runway lights. Based on bids, the total project cost is $1,821,305 and will be funded with $942,277 of federal grant funds, $104,699 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, $735,612 of state grant funds and $38,717 of sponsor matching funds. Approval was contingent upon the Commission receiving an acceptable grant application. Mr. Dan Luttrell of Ardmore Municipal Airport thanked the Commission for the continued support on behalf of Ardmore and the community. Director Ardies noted that construction could likely start construction this fall or early next year depending on when contracts are approved.

 

  1. A state grant for a project that is currently identified in the Commission’s approved Airport Construction Program at Boise City Municipal Airport. The project consists of rehabilitating runway 18/36 and installing LED runway lights. Based on bids, the total project cost is $1,885,786 and will be funded with $1,050,000 of federal grant funds, $116,667 of ARPA funds, $683,163 of state grant funds and $35,956 of sponsor matching funds. Approval was contingent upon the Commission receiving an acceptable grant application.

 

  1. A state grant for a project that is currently identified in the Commission’s approved Airport Construction Program at Elk City Regional Airport. The project consists of installing LED runway lights, PAPIs, AWOS and a flight inspection. Based on bids, the total project cost is $976,048 and will be funded with $487,500 of federal grant funds, $54,167 of ARPA funds, $404,954 of state grant funds, and $29,427 of sponsor matching funds. Approval was contingent upon the Commission receiving an acceptable grant application. Ms. Lisa Church, who represented the City of Elk City and the Elk City Regional Business Airport, said OAC has contributed over $2 million over the last 57 years and the FAA, combined with local funding, has contributed over $7.5 million, which has made a tremendous impact in the community and has helped make the town a regional hub for business activity.

 

  1. A state grant for a project that was currently identified in the Commission’s approved Airport Construction Program at Thomas P. Stafford Airport (Weatherford).  The project consists of constructing a new terminal building. Based on bids, the total project cost is $1,642,140 and will be funded with $277,222 of federal grant funds, $500,000 of state grant funds and $864,918 of sponsor matching funds. Approval was contingent upon the Commission receiving an acceptable grant application. Mayor Mike Brown of the City of Weatherford thanked OAC for the continued support and noted that he hoped construction would begin in a few months and would be completed in about a year.

Commissioner Conway asked about the rough number of airports that need updated lighting to switch to new LED lights. Director Ardies noted that about 30-35% of the airports in the system need these lighting upgrades.

Commissioner Potter moved to approve the consent docket as presented. Commissioner Conway seconded the motion. Chairman Putnam called for the vote, and votes were recorded as follows:

Ayes -               Commissioner Potter

                                       Commissioner Conway

                                       Commissioner Ortega

Commissioner Raney

Chairman Putnam

Commissioner Hunter

 

Nays -               None

 

The motion carried 6-0.

 

17.      REVIEW OF UPCOMING AVIATION AND AEROSPACE EVENTS — Ms. Shelton (Information Only)

Ms. Shelton reported the following upcoming aviation and aerospace events that staff plan to attend:

August 14 - Okie Derby at Sundance Airport with the 99s

September 18 – Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport Community Fly-In

September 25 – El Reno Regional Airport Fly-in

October 22 – Max Westheimer 14th Annual Aviation Fest

Ms. Shelton noted that Commissioner Raney joined her at a Ribbon Cutting for United Dynamics at Leadership Square. She invited the Commissioners to join her at these and any other events and said she would be happy to share events.

Director Ardies shared information about the upcoming EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin the last week of July, and noted OAC would have a booth in Hangar C and would host a luncheon in the Pober Pixie tent at noon Saturday that would feature Senator Inhofe and EAA CEO Jack Pelton. Ms. Shelton reported that Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day would host the annual event November 5 at AAR in Oklahoma City, and the Aerospace Forum would be October 28.

 

18.    CONCLUDING REMARKS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS — Director Ardies and Commissioners (Information Only)

There were no concluding remarks.

 

19.      ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEXT MEETING — Chairman Putnam (Information Only)

Chairman Putnam announced that the next meeting of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission will be August 11, 2021, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the first floor Commission Room at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, 200 Northeast 21st Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 

20.    NEW BUSINESS (“any matter not known about or which could not be reasonably foreseen 24 hours before the meeting”)

There was no new business.

 

21.    AdjournmenT

Chairman Putnam declared the meeting adjourned at 11:34 a.m.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                             08/09/2021 1:05:00 P.M.

 

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