2021.3.10 COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES

Submitted by Sandra Shelton on Tue, 05/11/2021 - 8:50am
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05/11/2021

OKLAHOMA AERONAUTICS COMMISSION MEETING

WEDNESDAY, March 10, 2021, AT 10 AM

VIDEOCONFERENCE AND TELECONFERENCE

Public Access:

Online: https://odot.zoom.us/j/82294557291

Phone: +1-346-248-7799; Meeting ID: 822 9455 7291

 

DRAFT MINUTES

 

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

Chairman Putnam announced that the meeting notice and agendas were posted in compliance with the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, and the meeting was held virtually by way of the following:

Online: https://odot.zoom.us/j/82294557291

Phone: +1-346-248-7799; Meeting ID: 822 9455 7291

Streaming video: https://video.ibm.com/channel/CKEfwftDGHz

The meeting agenda and materials relied upon by the Commissioners were posted at  www.oac.ok.gov and distributed via email. The audio connection was monitored and the meeting was livestreamed and recorded. The recording is available online at https://youtu.be/ivs_JZ73piA.

 

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

         Lindy Ritz                  Secretary (District 4)

         Blake Raney             Commissioner (District 5)

         Jim Putnam               Chairman (At-Large)

         Jerry Hunter              Vice Chairman (At-Large)

 

Absent           None

                       

A quorum was confirmed, and Chairman Putnam called the meeting to order at 10:02 a.m. CST.

 

  1. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE AERONAUTICS COMMISSION MEETING FROM January 13, 2021 — Chairman Jim Putnam and Andrea Post (Action Required)

Commissioner Ritz made a motion to accept the minutes from the January 13, 2021 meeting of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. Commissioner Hunter seconded the motion. Chairman Putnam called for the vote, and votes were recorded as follows:

 

Ayes -             Commissioner Ortega

Commissioner Ritz

Commissioner Raney

Chairman Putnam

                                    Commissioner Hunter

 

Nays -             None

 

Abstained -    Commissioner Potter

                                    Commissioner Conway

 

The motion carried 5-0.

 

  1. DIRECTOR’S REPORT— Director Ardies (Information Only)
  1. Presentations and Roundtables

Director Ardies reported that he, Chase Beasley of American Airlines, Ryan Goertzen of AAR, and Wade Wolfe of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex at Tinker Air Force Base participated on a presentation titled “Trends & Employment Opportunities in Aerospace” hosted by CareerTech. He also reported that he spoke at the Tinker Business and Industrial Park monthly meeting alongside Geoff Camp of the Department of Commerce and Jeff Seymour of the Oklahoma City Chamber about how to improve aviation and aerospace in Oklahoma, especially for defense contractors. Director Ardies also presented a session called “Key Local Contacts” at a webinar hosted by the Oklahoma Airport Operators Association (OAOA) as a portion of OAOA’s Oklahoma Certified Airport Professional (OCAP) Development Program.

  1. Visits

Director Ardies reported that he traveled to Sand Springs and met with city officials of the William R. Pogue Municipal Airport along with members of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC). On this trip, he and ODOC representatives visited Carter Aerospace of Skiatook and AAIC, which is moving into Mingo Aerospace in Owasso. Director Ardies also visited with Covington Aircraft, a Pratt and Whitney-certified engine repair facility in Okmulgee. He also met with local school and CareerTech representatives in Okmulgee. Director Ardies visited Chickasha, too, and spoke with the mayor and airport board chairman along with other local officials about the Chickasha airport and ways the airport may foster positive trends of growth and activity as part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

  1. OAC & FAA Webinars for Oklahoma Airport Sponsors and Consultants

Director Ardies reported that OAC and regional FAA representatives partnered to host some webinars with local consultants and Oklahoma airports to review the airport grant process and discuss additional potential efficiencies.

  1. NASAO Legislative Conference

Director Ardies reported that he attended the virtual NASAO Legislative Conference, which included information about the new administration, Coronavirus relief package, and other aviation and aerospace-related discussions happening in Washington, D.C.

  1. Meetings

Director Ardies reported that he had a virtual meeting with Senator Inhofe’s new legislative staff and briefed them on issues important to aviation and aerospace in Oklahoma. Director Ardies also attended the United States Contract Tower Association Policy Board meeting; six of the nine air traffic control towers in Oklahoma are contract towers.

 

  1. Aviation and Aerospace Education Outreach Report — Paula Kedy, Aviation and Aerospace Education Coordinator (Information Only)

Aviation and Aerospace Education Coordinator Paula Kedy reported that she has been working on an Federal Aviation Administration 625 Workforce Development Aircraft Pilot Pathway Grant and has a goal of increasing the number of Oklahoma high schools offering the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) “You Can Fly” High School curriculum. Paula Kedy reported that, as of this meeting, she had met with superintendents and principals of 17 Oklahoma high schools to explain the curriculum and its advantages to schools: Atoka Public Schools, Chickasha Public Schools, Dove Science Academy, Drumright Public Schools, Elmore City-Pernell Public Schools, El Reno Public Schools, Mid-Del Public Schools, Mustang Public Schools, Oilton Public Schools, Okmulgee Public Schools, Paoli Public Schools, Seminole Public Schools, Stratford Public Schools, Western Heights Public Schools, Wewoka Public Schools, and Wynnewood Public Schools. May 31, 2021 is the deadline for high schools to register for the AOPA curriculum for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

6.      FINANCIAL REPORT — Chris Wadsworth, Chief of Staff (Information Only)

Chief of Staff Chris Wadsworth briefed the Commission on current financial figures for FY2021: As of February 28, 2021, the Aeronautics Commission had a cash balance of $1.5 million with $4.3 million in encumbrances; estimated statutory revenue for the remainder of FY21 was $2.6 million; and outstanding reimbursements owed to the agency were $1.9 million. The projected available cash balance for the end of FY21 is $1.7 million. The remaining potential expenditures for the FY21 Airport Construction Program totaled $1.4 million if funds are available and grants are approved; and total YTD expenditures were $5.6 million. Total statutory revenue collected in January 2021 was $184,710, in February 2021 was just over $100,000, and total $2.1 million for FY21, which compares to $3.6 million at this same time last year, and is around 40% less. He reported that this is due to a reduction in aircraft excise tax collections. Chris Wadsworth reported that he and Director Ardies met with staff of the Oklahoma Tax Commission to gather more information why aircraft excise tax collections have been lower and planned to continue these conversations. Revenue this fiscal year from aircraft registration fees, excise tax, fuel tax, and specialty license plate sales were around $890,000 less than the three-year average. Director Ardies noted that he has been monitoring some industry reports that project a return to pre-COVID-level aircraft sales in late summer or early fall.

 

  1. Transportation Modernization Initiative Update — Director Ardies, Chris Wadsworth (Information Only)

Grayson Ardies and Chris Wadsworth briefed the Commission that Guidehouse has finished the long process of analyzing the current policies, procedures, and structure of the Oklahoma Transportation cabinet (which is composed of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, and Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission) and has released a 190-page report of their findings. Three immediate initiatives for additional efficiency and shared services were identified. Only one of these three may impact the Aeronautics Commission; this finding was related to public relations and communications. The initiative will next begin identifying future recommendations and steps forward to achieve additional efficiencies between agencies. The final report is scheduled to be finalized in June 2021.

 

  1. LEGISLATIVE, CONGRESSIONAL AND REGULATORY UPDATE — Director Ardies and Sandra Shelton, Communications and Government Affairs Coordinator (Information Only)
  1. 2021 Legislative Session

Sandra Shelton announced that 3,400 bills were filed this Legislative Session. OAC has monitored Senate Bill 258 and Senate Bill 257 which remove the $4.5 million cap on the Aircraft Excise Fee, but neither have prevailed. Senate Bill 893, filed by Senator Pugh, would clarify qualified graduate and undergraduate programs for the Engineer Tax Credit. SB 893 had not been heard on the Senate Floor by the time of this meeting but had many advocates. Senate Bill 659 and House Bill 2174 would establish a UAS clearinghouse and would make OAC the lead agency for the State’s unmanned aerial systems program. HB 2174 passed 94-0 on March 9, 2021, and passed the Senate 44-1. The bill will progress to the House of Representatives next. House Bill 1376 would permit the OAC to use the Oklahoma Department of Transportation bidding system and passed the House 93-3, and will go to the Senate next. Senate Bill 941, the Aerospace Sector Products and Parts Manufacturing Bill filed by Senator Jett. It passed the Senate March 9, 2021, 38-7. It related to the Quality Jobs program and would specify that the sector would include all aerospace products and parts manufacturing activities defined or classified in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) manual.

Dormant bills include House Bill 1694, which would have protected privately-owned airports in the state from construction encroachment, and Senate Bill 938, which would have sunset the tuition reimbursement at the end of tax year 2021 for automotive and aerospace manufacturers.

  1. Congressional Update

Director Ardies reported that the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act passed in December 2020 provided around $2 billion in relief for airports nationwide. Of this $2 billion, $17.5 was designated for commercial airports, $200 million was designated for concessionaires at airports, and $45 million was designated for general aviation. Of the $45 million for general aviation, $5 million was reserved for airports with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Contract Towers. The FAA recently announced how much each airport would receive from this bill based on asset classification ($57,000 for national; $23,000 for regional; $13,000 for local, and $9,000 for basic) and had begun distributing grant applications to airports for these funds. In total, Oklahoma received about $15.2 million from the relief in this Act.

One COVID-19 relief package under consideration by the House this week, the American Rescue Plan, contained $8 billion for airports with $6.5 for commercial airports, $800 million for concessionaires on airports, $100 million for general aviation airports, and $600 million to the FAA Airport Improvement Program grant fund to make it 100% funded for Fiscal Year 2021. If this passed, it would save OAC $800,000-900,000 in funding for 5% discretionary matches. Also under consideration is the CONTRACT Act, which would remove the financial penalty for retired FAA air traffic controllers who wished to continue working at smaller contract tower airports, similar to the provisions for retired air traffic controllers who serve as instructors after retirement. OAC helped arrange a letter from Oklahoma’s six airports with FAA Contract Towers to submit to Senator Inhofe as he introduced that legislation this year.

 

  1. PARTNERSHIP/SPONSORSHIP WITH THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE FOR THE MRO AMERICAS – Director Ardies (Action Required)

2021 MRO Americas in Orlando, Florida, is scheduled for April 27 – April 29, 2021. The funding request was for up to $5,000 to partner with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Commissioner Potter moved to approve up to $5,000 to partner with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for the MRO Americas conference in Orlando, Florida. Commissioner Ritz seconded the motion. Roll was called and the votes were recorded as follows:

Ayes -             Commissioner Potter

Commissioner Conway

Commissioner Ortega

Commissioner Ritz

Commissioner Raney

Chairman Putnam

                                    Commissioner Hunter

 

Nays -             None

 

The motion carried 7-0.

 

  1. PARTNERSHIP/SPONSORSHIP WITH THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE FOR AUVSI XPONENTIAL – Director Ardies (Action Required)

2021 AUVSI XPonential will offer both a virtual conference May 4-6, 2021, and a live event August 16-19, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia. The funding request is for $5,000 and includes opportunities to attend both events as an exhibitor. Commissioner Potter moved to approve up to $5,000 for the partnership/sponsorship with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for 2021 AUVSI XPonential. Commissioner Conway seconded the motion.

Roll was called and the votes were recorded as follows:

Ayes -             Commissioner Potter

Commissioner Conway

Commissioner Ortega

Commissioner Ritz

Commissioner Raney

Chairman Putnam

                                    Commissioner Hunter

 

Nays -             None

 

The motion carried 7-0.

 

  1. Five-Year Airport Construction Program — Nick Young (Action Required)

Nick Young briefed the Commission on recommended airport projects recommended for inclusion in the Commission’s Fiscal Year 2022-2026 Airport Construction Program (ACP), including:

  • Ardmore Municipal Airport: Rehabilitate runway 13/31; Calendar Year (CY) 2022 design and construction ODO; estimated cost is $1,283,889 ($1,155,500 of FAA funds, $64,195 of local funds, $64,194 of OAC funds)
  • Ardmore Municipal Airport: Construct parallel taxiway, phase 1; CY 2024 Non Primary Entitlement (NPE) funded design only, CY 2025 construct ODO; estimated cost is $5,400,000 ($4,860,000 of FAA funds, $290,000 of local funds, and $250,000 of OAC funds)
  • Blackwell-Tonkawa Municipal Airport: Widen and overlay Runway 17/35; CY 2019 preliminary engineering report (PER), CY 2022 NPE-funded design only, CY 2023 construct ODO; estimated cost is $2,358,001 ($2,122,200 of FAA funds, $126,634 of local funds, and $109,167 of OAC funds)
  • Boise City Municipal Airport: Rehabilitate the runway pavement and install LED runway lights; CY 2020 NPE-funded design only, CY 2021 construct ODO; estimated cost is $1,741,737 ($1,191,115 of FAA funds, $92,289 of local funds, and $458,333 of OAC funds)
  • Claremore Regional Airport: Rehabilitate a portion of the terminal apron; CY 2023 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $1,000,000 ($900,000 of FAA funds, $50,000 of local funds, and $50,000 of OAC funds)
  • Clinton Regional Airport: Rehabilitate Runway 17/35; CY 2020 PER, CY 2022 NPE-funded design only, CY 2023 construct ODO; estimated cost is $2,816,667 ($2,550,000 of FAA funds, $141,667 of local funds, $125,000 of OAC funds)
  • Cushing Municipal Airport: Realign the parallel taxiway; CY 2024 design, CY 2025 construct ODO; estimated cost is $5,400,000 ($4,860,000 of FAA funds, $290,000 of local funds, and $250,000 of OAC funds)
  • El Reno Regional Airport: Rehabilitate runway 17/35; CY 2021 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $766,667 ($150,000 of FAA funds, $46,667 of local funds, and $570,000 of OAC funds)
  • El Reno Regional Airport: Construct taxilane for the City’s new hangar; CY 2024 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $951,927 ($454,331 of FAA funds, $47,596 of local funds, and $450,000 of OAC funds)
  • El Reno Regional Airport: Install LED taxiway lights, PAPI, REILs, and guidance signs; CY 2025 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $1,106,233 ($845,609 of FAA funds, $110,624 of local funds, and $150,000 of OAC funds)
  • Elk City Regional Business Airport: Construct taxilane; CY 2022 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $789,474 ($300,000 of FAA funds, $39,474 of local funds, and $450,000 of OAC funds)
  • Enid-Woodring Regional Airport: Rehabilitate and reconfigure the main apron; CY 2025 NPE-funded design only, CY 2026 construct ODO; estimated cost is $2,680,000 ($2,412,000 of FAA funds, $143,000 of local funds, and $125,000 of OAC funds)
  • Grove Municipal Airport: Rehabilitate Runway 18/36 (overlay) and rehabilitate runway lights; CY 2018 PER, CY 2021 NPE-funded design only, CY2022 construct ODO; estimated cost is $3,584,412 ($3,225,970 of FAA funds, $192,497 of local funds, and $165,945 of OAC funds)
  • Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport: Realign the south portion of parallel taxiway and reconfigure the apron; CY 2021 PER, CY 2024 NPE-funded design only, and CY 2025 construct ODO; estimated cost is $6,480,000 ($5,832,000 of FAA funds, $348,000 of local funds, and $300,000 of OAC funds)
  • Guymon Municipal Airport: rehabilitate the runway pavement; CY 2018 PER, CY 2020 NPE-funded design only, CY 2021 construct ODO; estimated cost is $4,846,611 ($4,361,950 of FAA funds, $260,281 of local funds, and $224,380 of OAC funds)
  • Hobart Regional Airport: Rehabilitate runway 17/35; CY 2022 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $300,000 ($15,000 of local funds and $285,000 of OAC funds)
  • Madill Municipal Airport: Construct new runway; CY 2023 PER, CY 2025 NPE-funded design only, CY 2026 construct ODO; estimated cost is $5,400,000 ($4,860,000 of FAA funds, $290,000 of local funds, and $250,000 of OAC funds)
  • McCurtain County Regional Airport: Rehabilitate Runway 2/20; CY 2019 PER, CY 2022 NPE-funded design only, CY 2023 construct ODO; estimated cost is $3,360,000 ($3,028,977 of FAA funds, $175,468 of local funds, and $155,555 of OAC funds)
  • Miami Regional Airport: Realign the parallel taxiway; CY 2023 PER, CY 2025 NPE-funded design only, CY 2026 construct ODO; estimated cost is $4,320,000 ($3,888,000 of FAA funds, $232,000 of local funds, and $200,000 of OAC funds)
  • Muskogee-Davis Regional Airport: Rehabilitate the runway lights, PAPI, beacon, electrical vault, and homerun; CY 2020 PER, CY 2022 NPE-funded design only, CY 2023 construct ODO; estimated cost is $1,912,800 ($1,721,520 of FAA funds, $102,725 of local funds, and $88,555 of OAC funds)
  • Muskogee-Davis Regional Airport: Rehabilitate runway 13/31; CY 2025 NPE-funded design only, CY 2026 construct ODO; estimated cost $4,320,000 ($3,888,000 of FAA funds, $232,000 of local funds, and $200,000 of OAC funds)
  • Pauls Valley Municipal Airport: Construct taxilane; CY 2022 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $500,000 ($25,000 of local funds and $475,000 of OAC funds)
  • Pauls Valley Municipal Airport: Rehabilitate runway pavement; CY 2021 PER, CY 2024 NPE-funded design only, CY2025 construct ODO; estimated cost is $5,702,400 ($5,132,160 of FAA funds, $306,240 of local funds, and $264,000 of OAC funds)
  • Perry Municipal Airport: Rehabilitate runway pavement; CY 2022 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $300,000 ($15,000 of local funds and $285,000 of OAC funds)
  • Robert S. Kerr Airport: Extend runway 18/36 to 5000’ and rehabilitate the existing runway; CY 2020 PER, CY 2023 NPE-funded design only, CY 2024 construct ODO; estimated cost is $5,508,00 ($4,687,200 of FAA funds, $280,800 of local funds, and $540,000 of OAC funds)
  • Sallisaw Municipal Airport: Install LED runway lights, lighted windsock, and an electrical vault, and rehabilitate taxiway pavement; CY 2022 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $815,500 ($450,000 of FAA funds, $64,425 of local funds, and $301,075 of OAC funds)
  • Sallisaw Municipal Airport: Rehabilitate runway 17/35; CY 2025 NPE-funded design only, CY 2026 construct ODO; estimated cost is $2,160,000 ($1,944,000 of FAA funds, $116,000 of local funds, and $100,000 of OAC funds)
  • Shawnee Regional Airport: Rehabilitate and expand the main apron; CY 2025 NPE-funded design only, CY2026 construct ODO; estimated cost is $2,700,000 ($2,430,000 of FAA funds, $145,000 of local funds, and $125,000 of OAC funds)
  • South Grand Lake Regional Airport: Construct parallel taxiway; CY 2019 PER, CY 2022 NPE-funded design only, CY 2023 construct ODO; estimated cost is $5,863,817 ($5,277,435 of FAA funds, $314,909 of local funds, and $271,473 of OAC funds)
  • Stigler Regional Airport: Construct parallel taxiway system; CY 2022 PER, CY 2025 NPE-funded design only, CY 2026 construct ODO; estimated cost is $2,381,400 ($2,143,260 of FAA funds, $127,890 of local funds, and $110,250 of OAC funds)
  • Stillwater Regional Airport: Construct a new terminal building; CY 2024 construct; estimated cost is $12,500,000 ($10,800,000 of FAA funds, $1,200,000 of local funds, and $500,000 of OAC funds)
  • Stroud Municipal Airport: Runway extension; CY 2024 NPE-funded design only, CY 2025 construct ODO; estimated cost is $1,080,000 ($872,000 of FAA funds, $108,000 of local funds, and $100,000 of OAC funds)
  • Tahlequah Municipal Airport: Rehabilitate the apron and improve the runway safety area; CY 2022 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $1,157,895 ($600,000 of FAA funds, $57,895 of local funds, and $500,000 of OAC funds)
  • Thomas P. Stafford Airport: Construct a new terminal building; CY 2021 design and construct; estimated cost is $1,300,000 ($300,000 of FAA funds, $500,000 of local funds, and $500,000 of OAC funds)
  • West Woodward Airport: Construct a new terminal building; CY 2026 design and construct; estimated cost is $1,500,000 ($1,000,000 in local funds and $500,000 in OAC funds)
  • Wiley Post Airport: Rehabilitate runway 13/31 pavement and lighting; CY 2020 NPE-funded design, CY 2021 construct ODO; estimated cost is $1,918,202 ($1,400,000 of FAA funds, $343,202 of local funds, and $175,000 of OAC funds)
  • Wiley Post Airport: Widen runway 17R/35L to 100’; CY 2020 planning study, CY 2022 NPE-funded design only, CY 2023 construct ODO; estimated cost is $6,986,061 ($5,665,737 of FAA funds, $1,031,435 of local funds, and $288,889 of OAC funds)

Mr. Young noted that the project summary dates on the slides are for the proposed calendar year of the projects rather than the fiscal year in which they are granted, and explained that the Commission’s ACP is the programming guide for federal, state, and local funds for airport development consistent with the Oklahoma Airport System Plan. Staff requested that the ACP move into the public comment phase and reported that the final ACP will be presented to the Commission for formal approval during the May 2021 Commission meeting.

Commissioner Ritz moved to approve the ACP to move into the public comment phase. Commissioner Hunter seconded the motion. Chairman Putnam called for the vote, and votes were recorded as follows:

 

Ayes -             Commissioner Potter

                                    Commissioner Conway

Commissioner Ortega

Commissioner Ritz

Commissioner Raney

Chairman Putnam

                                    Commissioner Hunter

 

Nays -             None

 

Abstained -    None

 

The motion carried 7-0.

 

  1. AIRPORT CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM UPDATE — Ben Naghavi, Airports Engineer
  1. Airports Engineer Ben Naghavi briefed the Commission on a change order to a project for rehabilitating the runway, taxiway, and apron pavements, installing runway lights, PAPIs, and a beacon and removing obstructions at Carlton Landing Field. The change order allowed for gravel to be placed around the PAPIs and for the placement of sod and regrading around the electrical vault. The change order did not increase the Commission’s previously approved share. (Information Only)

 

  1. Ben Naghavi briefed the Commission on a change order to state grant 92F-20-S for rehabilitating the runway, connector taxiway, and apron pavements and installing LED runway lights at Sky Harbor Airport (Chattanooga). The change order allowed funds leftover from the installation of the taxiway lights to be used for additional crack sealing of the apron. The change order did not increase the Commission’s previously approved share. (Information Only)

 

  1. Administrative Rules for the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission – Michelle Bouziden, Grants Administrator (Action Required)

Michelle Bouziden reported that staff have conducted the administrative rulemaking process as first proposed in October 2020. The proposed changes clarified and helped ensure efficiency within the Commission’s operations pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-3, which asked agencies to cleanup unnecessary language. These proposed changes included amending the scope of the chapter to remove reference of the previously-revoked Airport Zoning Act, updating the definition of “Commission” to make it consistent with other chapters, modifying the dates of election of officers to reflect current practice of holding officer elections at the last scheduled meeting of the calendar year, and removing the word “semi-skilled” from the definition of eligible employee. Ms. Bouziden reported that the comment period was held February 1 to March 3, 2021, and that no comments were received. A public hearing was held virtually on March 4, 2021. Commissioner Hunter moved to approve the proposed changes to the administrative rules. Commissioner Raney seconded the motion. Chairman Putnam called for the vote, and votes were recorded as follows:

 

Ayes -             Commissioner Potter

                                    Commissioner Conway

Commissioner Ortega

Commissioner Ritz

Commissioner Raney

Chairman Putnam

                                    Commissioner Hunter

 

Nays -             None

 

Abstained -    None

 

The motion carried 7-0.

 

14.    REVIEW OF UPCOMING AVIATION AND AEROSPACE EVENTS — Sandra Shelton (Information Only)

Sandra Shelton briefed the Commission on the following upcoming events in Oklahoma:

  • Enid Barnstormers Breakfast on March 20
  • David J. Perry Airport Fly-In Pancake Breakfast on March 20
  • Oklahoma Pilots Association Tulsa Air & Space Museum & Planetarium “ ‘Stang Thang” Car Show and Warbirds display event on March 20
  • Tinker Business Industrial Park Tenant and Aerospace Community Call featuring Col. Keven Coyle, Vice-Commander of 552nd Air Control Wing on March 22
  • Oklahoma Airport Operators Association Annual Conference on April 6-8

 

15.    CONCLUDING REMARKS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS — Director Ardies and Commissioners

Director Ardies reported that the staff were considering April 9, 2021, for a potential airport celebration for South Grand Lake Regional Airport. He said that staff would inform Commissioners of important events and meetings at airports in their districts and encouraged Commissioners to attend if they felt safe and had time to do so.

 

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

No new business.

 

16.       ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEXT MEETING — Chairman Jim Putnam

Chairman Putnam announced that the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission will be May 12, 2021, beginning at 10 a.m., with the location to be announced.

 

18.    AdjournmenT

Hearing no final comments from Commissioners or staff, Chairman Putnam adjourned the meeting at 11:31 a.m. CST.

                                                                                                                                                                             4.1.2021   2:04 PM

OKLAHOMA AERONAUTICS COMMISSION MEETING

WEDNESDAY, March 10, 2021, AT 10 AM

VIDEOCONFERENCE AND TELECONFERENCE

Public Access:

Online: https://odot.zoom.us/j/82294557291

Phone: +1-346-248-7799; Meeting ID: 822 9455 7291

 

DRAFT MINUTES

 

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

Chairman Putnam announced that the meeting notice and agendas were posted in compliance with the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, and the meeting was held virtually by way of the following:

Online: https://odot.zoom.us/j/82294557291

Phone: +1-346-248-7799; Meeting ID: 822 9455 7291

Streaming video: https://video.ibm.com/channel/CKEfwftDGHz

The meeting agenda and materials relied upon by the Commissioners were posted at  www.oac.ok.gov and distributed via email. The audio connection was monitored and the meeting was livestreamed and recorded. The recording is available online at https://youtu.be/ivs_JZ73piA.

 

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

         Lindy Ritz                  Secretary (District 4)

         Blake Raney             Commissioner (District 5)

         Jim Putnam               Chairman (At-Large)

         Jerry Hunter              Vice Chairman (At-Large)

 

Absent           None

                       

A quorum was confirmed, and Chairman Putnam called the meeting to order at 10:02 a.m. CST.

 

  1. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE AERONAUTICS COMMISSION MEETING FROM January 13, 2021 — Chairman Jim Putnam and Andrea Post (Action Required)

Commissioner Ritz made a motion to accept the minutes from the January 13, 2021 meeting of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. Commissioner Hunter seconded the motion. Chairman Putnam called for the vote, and votes were recorded as follows:

 

Ayes -             Commissioner Ortega

Commissioner Ritz

Commissioner Raney

Chairman Putnam

                                    Commissioner Hunter

 

Nays -             None

 

Abstained -    Commissioner Potter

                                    Commissioner Conway

 

The motion carried 5-0.

 

  1. DIRECTOR’S REPORT— Director Ardies (Information Only)
  1. Presentations and Roundtables

Director Ardies reported that he, Chase Beasley of American Airlines, Ryan Goertzen of AAR, and Wade Wolfe of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex at Tinker Air Force Base participated on a presentation titled “Trends & Employment Opportunities in Aerospace” hosted by CareerTech. He also reported that he spoke at the Tinker Business and Industrial Park monthly meeting alongside Geoff Camp of the Department of Commerce and Jeff Seymour of the Oklahoma City Chamber about how to improve aviation and aerospace in Oklahoma, especially for defense contractors. Director Ardies also presented a session called “Key Local Contacts” at a webinar hosted by the Oklahoma Airport Operators Association (OAOA) as a portion of OAOA’s Oklahoma Certified Airport Professional (OCAP) Development Program.

  1. Visits

Director Ardies reported that he traveled to Sand Springs and met with city officials of the William R. Pogue Municipal Airport along with members of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC). On this trip, he and ODOC representatives visited Carter Aerospace of Skiatook and AAIC, which is moving into Mingo Aerospace in Owasso. Director Ardies also visited with Covington Aircraft, a Pratt and Whitney-certified engine repair facility in Okmulgee. He also met with local school and CareerTech representatives in Okmulgee. Director Ardies visited Chickasha, too, and spoke with the mayor and airport board chairman along with other local officials about the Chickasha airport and ways the airport may foster positive trends of growth and activity as part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

  1. OAC & FAA Webinars for Oklahoma Airport Sponsors and Consultants

Director Ardies reported that OAC and regional FAA representatives partnered to host some webinars with local consultants and Oklahoma airports to review the airport grant process and discuss additional potential efficiencies.

  1. NASAO Legislative Conference

Director Ardies reported that he attended the virtual NASAO Legislative Conference, which included information about the new administration, Coronavirus relief package, and other aviation and aerospace-related discussions happening in Washington, D.C.

  1. Meetings

Director Ardies reported that he had a virtual meeting with Senator Inhofe’s new legislative staff and briefed them on issues important to aviation and aerospace in Oklahoma. Director Ardies also attended the United States Contract Tower Association Policy Board meeting; six of the nine air traffic control towers in Oklahoma are contract towers.

 

  1. Aviation and Aerospace Education Outreach Report — Paula Kedy, Aviation and Aerospace Education Coordinator (Information Only)

Aviation and Aerospace Education Coordinator Paula Kedy reported that she has been working on an Federal Aviation Administration 625 Workforce Development Aircraft Pilot Pathway Grant and has a goal of increasing the number of Oklahoma high schools offering the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) “You Can Fly” High School curriculum. Paula Kedy reported that, as of this meeting, she had met with superintendents and principals of 17 Oklahoma high schools to explain the curriculum and its advantages to schools: Atoka Public Schools, Chickasha Public Schools, Dove Science Academy, Drumright Public Schools, Elmore City-Pernell Public Schools, El Reno Public Schools, Mid-Del Public Schools, Mustang Public Schools, Oilton Public Schools, Okmulgee Public Schools, Paoli Public Schools, Seminole Public Schools, Stratford Public Schools, Western Heights Public Schools, Wewoka Public Schools, and Wynnewood Public Schools. May 31, 2021 is the deadline for high schools to register for the AOPA curriculum for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

6.      FINANCIAL REPORT — Chris Wadsworth, Chief of Staff (Information Only)

Chief of Staff Chris Wadsworth briefed the Commission on current financial figures for FY2021: As of February 28, 2021, the Aeronautics Commission had a cash balance of $1.5 million with $4.3 million in encumbrances; estimated statutory revenue for the remainder of FY21 was $2.6 million; and outstanding reimbursements owed to the agency were $1.9 million. The projected available cash balance for the end of FY21 is $1.7 million. The remaining potential expenditures for the FY21 Airport Construction Program totaled $1.4 million if funds are available and grants are approved; and total YTD expenditures were $5.6 million. Total statutory revenue collected in January 2021 was $184,710, in February 2021 was just over $100,000, and total $2.1 million for FY21, which compares to $3.6 million at this same time last year, and is around 40% less. He reported that this is due to a reduction in aircraft excise tax collections. Chris Wadsworth reported that he and Director Ardies met with staff of the Oklahoma Tax Commission to gather more information why aircraft excise tax collections have been lower and planned to continue these conversations. Revenue this fiscal year from aircraft registration fees, excise tax, fuel tax, and specialty license plate sales were around $890,000 less than the three-year average. Director Ardies noted that he has been monitoring some industry reports that project a return to pre-COVID-level aircraft sales in late summer or early fall.

 

  1. Transportation Modernization Initiative Update — Director Ardies, Chris Wadsworth (Information Only)

Grayson Ardies and Chris Wadsworth briefed the Commission that Guidehouse has finished the long process of analyzing the current policies, procedures, and structure of the Oklahoma Transportation cabinet (which is composed of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, and Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission) and has released a 190-page report of their findings. Three immediate initiatives for additional efficiency and shared services were identified. Only one of these three may impact the Aeronautics Commission; this finding was related to public relations and communications. The initiative will next begin identifying future recommendations and steps forward to achieve additional efficiencies between agencies. The final report is scheduled to be finalized in June 2021.

 

  1. LEGISLATIVE, CONGRESSIONAL AND REGULATORY UPDATE — Director Ardies and Sandra Shelton, Communications and Government Affairs Coordinator (Information Only)
  1. 2021 Legislative Session

Sandra Shelton announced that 3,400 bills were filed this Legislative Session. OAC has monitored Senate Bill 258 and Senate Bill 257 which remove the $4.5 million cap on the Aircraft Excise Fee, but neither have prevailed. Senate Bill 893, filed by Senator Pugh, would clarify qualified graduate and undergraduate programs for the Engineer Tax Credit. SB 893 had not been heard on the Senate Floor by the time of this meeting but had many advocates. Senate Bill 659 and House Bill 2174 would establish a UAS clearinghouse and would make OAC the lead agency for the State’s unmanned aerial systems program. HB 2174 passed 94-0 on March 9, 2021, and passed the Senate 44-1. The bill will progress to the House of Representatives next. House Bill 1376 would permit the OAC to use the Oklahoma Department of Transportation bidding system and passed the House 93-3, and will go to the Senate next. Senate Bill 941, the Aerospace Sector Products and Parts Manufacturing Bill filed by Senator Jett. It passed the Senate March 9, 2021, 38-7. It related to the Quality Jobs program and would specify that the sector would include all aerospace products and parts manufacturing activities defined or classified in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) manual.

Dormant bills include House Bill 1694, which would have protected privately-owned airports in the state from construction encroachment, and Senate Bill 938, which would have sunset the tuition reimbursement at the end of tax year 2021 for automotive and aerospace manufacturers.

  1. Congressional Update

Director Ardies reported that the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act passed in December 2020 provided around $2 billion in relief for airports nationwide. Of this $2 billion, $17.5 was designated for commercial airports, $200 million was designated for concessionaires at airports, and $45 million was designated for general aviation. Of the $45 million for general aviation, $5 million was reserved for airports with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Contract Towers. The FAA recently announced how much each airport would receive from this bill based on asset classification ($57,000 for national; $23,000 for regional; $13,000 for local, and $9,000 for basic) and had begun distributing grant applications to airports for these funds. In total, Oklahoma received about $15.2 million from the relief in this Act.

One COVID-19 relief package under consideration by the House this week, the American Rescue Plan, contained $8 billion for airports with $6.5 for commercial airports, $800 million for concessionaires on airports, $100 million for general aviation airports, and $600 million to the FAA Airport Improvement Program grant fund to make it 100% funded for Fiscal Year 2021. If this passed, it would save OAC $800,000-900,000 in funding for 5% discretionary matches. Also under consideration is the CONTRACT Act, which would remove the financial penalty for retired FAA air traffic controllers who wished to continue working at smaller contract tower airports, similar to the provisions for retired air traffic controllers who serve as instructors after retirement. OAC helped arrange a letter from Oklahoma’s six airports with FAA Contract Towers to submit to Senator Inhofe as he introduced that legislation this year.

 

  1. PARTNERSHIP/SPONSORSHIP WITH THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE FOR THE MRO AMERICAS – Director Ardies (Action Required)

2021 MRO Americas in Orlando, Florida, is scheduled for April 27 – April 29, 2021. The funding request was for up to $5,000 to partner with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Commissioner Potter moved to approve up to $5,000 to partner with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for the MRO Americas conference in Orlando, Florida. Commissioner Ritz seconded the motion. Roll was called and the votes were recorded as follows:

Ayes -             Commissioner Potter

Commissioner Conway

Commissioner Ortega

Commissioner Ritz

Commissioner Raney

Chairman Putnam

                                    Commissioner Hunter

 

Nays -             None

 

The motion carried 7-0.

 

  1. PARTNERSHIP/SPONSORSHIP WITH THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE FOR AUVSI XPONENTIAL – Director Ardies (Action Required)

2021 AUVSI XPonential will offer both a virtual conference May 4-6, 2021, and a live event August 16-19, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia. The funding request is for $5,000 and includes opportunities to attend both events as an exhibitor. Commissioner Potter moved to approve up to $5,000 for the partnership/sponsorship with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for 2021 AUVSI XPonential. Commissioner Conway seconded the motion.

Roll was called and the votes were recorded as follows:

Ayes -             Commissioner Potter

Commissioner Conway

Commissioner Ortega

Commissioner Ritz

Commissioner Raney

Chairman Putnam

                                    Commissioner Hunter

 

Nays -             None

 

The motion carried 7-0.

 

  1. Five-Year Airport Construction Program — Nick Young (Action Required)

Nick Young briefed the Commission on recommended airport projects recommended for inclusion in the Commission’s Fiscal Year 2022-2026 Airport Construction Program (ACP), including:

  • Ardmore Municipal Airport: Rehabilitate runway 13/31; Calendar Year (CY) 2022 design and construction ODO; estimated cost is $1,283,889 ($1,155,500 of FAA funds, $64,195 of local funds, $64,194 of OAC funds)
  • Ardmore Municipal Airport: Construct parallel taxiway, phase 1; CY 2024 Non Primary Entitlement (NPE) funded design only, CY 2025 construct ODO; estimated cost is $5,400,000 ($4,860,000 of FAA funds, $290,000 of local funds, and $250,000 of OAC funds)
  • Blackwell-Tonkawa Municipal Airport: Widen and overlay Runway 17/35; CY 2019 preliminary engineering report (PER), CY 2022 NPE-funded design only, CY 2023 construct ODO; estimated cost is $2,358,001 ($2,122,200 of FAA funds, $126,634 of local funds, and $109,167 of OAC funds)
  • Boise City Municipal Airport: Rehabilitate the runway pavement and install LED runway lights; CY 2020 NPE-funded design only, CY 2021 construct ODO; estimated cost is $1,741,737 ($1,191,115 of FAA funds, $92,289 of local funds, and $458,333 of OAC funds)
  • Claremore Regional Airport: Rehabilitate a portion of the terminal apron; CY 2023 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $1,000,000 ($900,000 of FAA funds, $50,000 of local funds, and $50,000 of OAC funds)
  • Clinton Regional Airport: Rehabilitate Runway 17/35; CY 2020 PER, CY 2022 NPE-funded design only, CY 2023 construct ODO; estimated cost is $2,816,667 ($2,550,000 of FAA funds, $141,667 of local funds, $125,000 of OAC funds)
  • Cushing Municipal Airport: Realign the parallel taxiway; CY 2024 design, CY 2025 construct ODO; estimated cost is $5,400,000 ($4,860,000 of FAA funds, $290,000 of local funds, and $250,000 of OAC funds)
  • El Reno Regional Airport: Rehabilitate runway 17/35; CY 2021 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $766,667 ($150,000 of FAA funds, $46,667 of local funds, and $570,000 of OAC funds)
  • El Reno Regional Airport: Construct taxilane for the City’s new hangar; CY 2024 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $951,927 ($454,331 of FAA funds, $47,596 of local funds, and $450,000 of OAC funds)
  • El Reno Regional Airport: Install LED taxiway lights, PAPI, REILs, and guidance signs; CY 2025 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $1,106,233 ($845,609 of FAA funds, $110,624 of local funds, and $150,000 of OAC funds)
  • Elk City Regional Business Airport: Construct taxilane; CY 2022 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $789,474 ($300,000 of FAA funds, $39,474 of local funds, and $450,000 of OAC funds)
  • Enid-Woodring Regional Airport: Rehabilitate and reconfigure the main apron; CY 2025 NPE-funded design only, CY 2026 construct ODO; estimated cost is $2,680,000 ($2,412,000 of FAA funds, $143,000 of local funds, and $125,000 of OAC funds)
  • Grove Municipal Airport: Rehabilitate Runway 18/36 (overlay) and rehabilitate runway lights; CY 2018 PER, CY 2021 NPE-funded design only, CY2022 construct ODO; estimated cost is $3,584,412 ($3,225,970 of FAA funds, $192,497 of local funds, and $165,945 of OAC funds)
  • Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport: Realign the south portion of parallel taxiway and reconfigure the apron; CY 2021 PER, CY 2024 NPE-funded design only, and CY 2025 construct ODO; estimated cost is $6,480,000 ($5,832,000 of FAA funds, $348,000 of local funds, and $300,000 of OAC funds)
  • Guymon Municipal Airport: rehabilitate the runway pavement; CY 2018 PER, CY 2020 NPE-funded design only, CY 2021 construct ODO; estimated cost is $4,846,611 ($4,361,950 of FAA funds, $260,281 of local funds, and $224,380 of OAC funds)
  • Hobart Regional Airport: Rehabilitate runway 17/35; CY 2022 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $300,000 ($15,000 of local funds and $285,000 of OAC funds)
  • Madill Municipal Airport: Construct new runway; CY 2023 PER, CY 2025 NPE-funded design only, CY 2026 construct ODO; estimated cost is $5,400,000 ($4,860,000 of FAA funds, $290,000 of local funds, and $250,000 of OAC funds)
  • McCurtain County Regional Airport: Rehabilitate Runway 2/20; CY 2019 PER, CY 2022 NPE-funded design only, CY 2023 construct ODO; estimated cost is $3,360,000 ($3,028,977 of FAA funds, $175,468 of local funds, and $155,555 of OAC funds)
  • Miami Regional Airport: Realign the parallel taxiway; CY 2023 PER, CY 2025 NPE-funded design only, CY 2026 construct ODO; estimated cost is $4,320,000 ($3,888,000 of FAA funds, $232,000 of local funds, and $200,000 of OAC funds)
  • Muskogee-Davis Regional Airport: Rehabilitate the runway lights, PAPI, beacon, electrical vault, and homerun; CY 2020 PER, CY 2022 NPE-funded design only, CY 2023 construct ODO; estimated cost is $1,912,800 ($1,721,520 of FAA funds, $102,725 of local funds, and $88,555 of OAC funds)
  • Muskogee-Davis Regional Airport: Rehabilitate runway 13/31; CY 2025 NPE-funded design only, CY 2026 construct ODO; estimated cost $4,320,000 ($3,888,000 of FAA funds, $232,000 of local funds, and $200,000 of OAC funds)
  • Pauls Valley Municipal Airport: Construct taxilane; CY 2022 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $500,000 ($25,000 of local funds and $475,000 of OAC funds)
  • Pauls Valley Municipal Airport: Rehabilitate runway pavement; CY 2021 PER, CY 2024 NPE-funded design only, CY2025 construct ODO; estimated cost is $5,702,400 ($5,132,160 of FAA funds, $306,240 of local funds, and $264,000 of OAC funds)
  • Perry Municipal Airport: Rehabilitate runway pavement; CY 2022 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $300,000 ($15,000 of local funds and $285,000 of OAC funds)
  • Robert S. Kerr Airport: Extend runway 18/36 to 5000’ and rehabilitate the existing runway; CY 2020 PER, CY 2023 NPE-funded design only, CY 2024 construct ODO; estimated cost is $5,508,00 ($4,687,200 of FAA funds, $280,800 of local funds, and $540,000 of OAC funds)
  • Sallisaw Municipal Airport: Install LED runway lights, lighted windsock, and an electrical vault, and rehabilitate taxiway pavement; CY 2022 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $815,500 ($450,000 of FAA funds, $64,425 of local funds, and $301,075 of OAC funds)
  • Sallisaw Municipal Airport: Rehabilitate runway 17/35; CY 2025 NPE-funded design only, CY 2026 construct ODO; estimated cost is $2,160,000 ($1,944,000 of FAA funds, $116,000 of local funds, and $100,000 of OAC funds)
  • Shawnee Regional Airport: Rehabilitate and expand the main apron; CY 2025 NPE-funded design only, CY2026 construct ODO; estimated cost is $2,700,000 ($2,430,000 of FAA funds, $145,000 of local funds, and $125,000 of OAC funds)
  • South Grand Lake Regional Airport: Construct parallel taxiway; CY 2019 PER, CY 2022 NPE-funded design only, CY 2023 construct ODO; estimated cost is $5,863,817 ($5,277,435 of FAA funds, $314,909 of local funds, and $271,473 of OAC funds)
  • Stigler Regional Airport: Construct parallel taxiway system; CY 2022 PER, CY 2025 NPE-funded design only, CY 2026 construct ODO; estimated cost is $2,381,400 ($2,143,260 of FAA funds, $127,890 of local funds, and $110,250 of OAC funds)
  • Stillwater Regional Airport: Construct a new terminal building; CY 2024 construct; estimated cost is $12,500,000 ($10,800,000 of FAA funds, $1,200,000 of local funds, and $500,000 of OAC funds)
  • Stroud Municipal Airport: Runway extension; CY 2024 NPE-funded design only, CY 2025 construct ODO; estimated cost is $1,080,000 ($872,000 of FAA funds, $108,000 of local funds, and $100,000 of OAC funds)
  • Tahlequah Municipal Airport: Rehabilitate the apron and improve the runway safety area; CY 2022 design and construct ODO; estimated cost is $1,157,895 ($600,000 of FAA funds, $57,895 of local funds, and $500,000 of OAC funds)
  • Thomas P. Stafford Airport: Construct a new terminal building; CY 2021 design and construct; estimated cost is $1,300,000 ($300,000 of FAA funds, $500,000 of local funds, and $500,000 of OAC funds)
  • West Woodward Airport: Construct a new terminal building; CY 2026 design and construct; estimated cost is $1,500,000 ($1,000,000 in local funds and $500,000 in OAC funds)
  • Wiley Post Airport: Rehabilitate runway 13/31 pavement and lighting; CY 2020 NPE-funded design, CY 2021 construct ODO; estimated cost is $1,918,202 ($1,400,000 of FAA funds, $343,202 of local funds, and $175,000 of OAC funds)
  • Wiley Post Airport: Widen runway 17R/35L to 100’; CY 2020 planning study, CY 2022 NPE-funded design only, CY 2023 construct ODO; estimated cost is $6,986,061 ($5,665,737 of FAA funds, $1,031,435 of local funds, and $288,889 of OAC funds)

Mr. Young noted that the project summary dates on the slides are for the proposed calendar year of the projects rather than the fiscal year in which they are granted, and explained that the Commission’s ACP is the programming guide for federal, state, and local funds for airport development consistent with the Oklahoma Airport System Plan. Staff requested that the ACP move into the public comment phase and reported that the final ACP will be presented to the Commission for formal approval during the May 2021 Commission meeting.

Commissioner Ritz moved to approve the ACP to move into the public comment phase. Commissioner Hunter seconded the motion. Chairman Putnam called for the vote, and votes were recorded as follows:

 

Ayes -             Commissioner Potter

                                    Commissioner Conway

Commissioner Ortega

Commissioner Ritz

Commissioner Raney

Chairman Putnam

                                    Commissioner Hunter

 

Nays -             None

 

Abstained -    None

 

The motion carried 7-0.

 

  1. AIRPORT CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM UPDATE — Ben Naghavi, Airports Engineer
  1. Airports Engineer Ben Naghavi briefed the Commission on a change order to a project for rehabilitating the runway, taxiway, and apron pavements, installing runway lights, PAPIs, and a beacon and removing obstructions at Carlton Landing Field. The change order allowed for gravel to be placed around the PAPIs and for the placement of sod and regrading around the electrical vault. The change order did not increase the Commission’s previously approved share. (Information Only)

 

  1. Ben Naghavi briefed the Commission on a change order to state grant 92F-20-S for rehabilitating the runway, connector taxiway, and apron pavements and installing LED runway lights at Sky Harbor Airport (Chattanooga). The change order allowed funds leftover from the installation of the taxiway lights to be used for additional crack sealing of the apron. The change order did not increase the Commission’s previously approved share. (Information Only)

 

  1. Administrative Rules for the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission – Michelle Bouziden, Grants Administrator (Action Required)

Michelle Bouziden reported that staff have conducted the administrative rulemaking process as first proposed in October 2020. The proposed changes clarified and helped ensure efficiency within the Commission’s operations pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-3, which asked agencies to cleanup unnecessary language. These proposed changes included amending the scope of the chapter to remove reference of the previously-revoked Airport Zoning Act, updating the definition of “Commission” to make it consistent with other chapters, modifying the dates of election of officers to reflect current practice of holding officer elections at the last scheduled meeting of the calendar year, and removing the word “semi-skilled” from the definition of eligible employee. Ms. Bouziden reported that the comment period was held February 1 to March 3, 2021, and that no comments were received. A public hearing was held virtually on March 4, 2021. Commissioner Hunter moved to approve the proposed changes to the administrative rules. Commissioner Raney seconded the motion. Chairman Putnam called for the vote, and votes were recorded as follows:

 

Ayes -             Commissioner Potter

                                    Commissioner Conway

Commissioner Ortega

Commissioner Ritz

Commissioner Raney

Chairman Putnam

                                    Commissioner Hunter

 

Nays -             None

 

Abstained -    None

 

The motion carried 7-0.

 

14.    REVIEW OF UPCOMING AVIATION AND AEROSPACE EVENTS — Sandra Shelton (Information Only)

Sandra Shelton briefed the Commission on the following upcoming events in Oklahoma:

  • Enid Barnstormers Breakfast on March 20
  • David J. Perry Airport Fly-In Pancake Breakfast on March 20
  • Oklahoma Pilots Association Tulsa Air & Space Museum & Planetarium “ ‘Stang Thang” Car Show and Warbirds display event on March 20
  • Tinker Business Industrial Park Tenant and Aerospace Community Call featuring Col. Keven Coyle, Vice-Commander of 552nd Air Control Wing on March 22
  • Oklahoma Airport Operators Association Annual Conference on April 6-8

 

15.    CONCLUDING REMARKS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS — Director Ardies and Commissioners

Director Ardies reported that the staff were considering April 9, 2021, for a potential airport celebration for South Grand Lake Regional Airport. He said that staff would inform Commissioners of important events and meetings at airports in their districts and encouraged Commissioners to attend if they felt safe and had time to do so.

 

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

No new business.

 

16.       ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEXT MEETING — Chairman Jim Putnam

Chairman Putnam announced that the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission will be May 12, 2021, beginning at 10 a.m., with the location to be announced.

 

18.    AdjournmenT

Hearing no final comments from Commissioners or staff, Chairman Putnam adjourned the meeting at 11:31 a.m. CST.

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