OKLAHOMA CITY —
Three central Oklahoma communities recently learned that the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission had approved their requests for state help to fund various infrastructure projects at their local airports.
Chandler, Pauls Valley and Goldsby were awarded Capital Improvement Program (CIP) grants totaling $1.46 million. The grants help Oklahoma communities improve their local airports by funding certain infrastructure projects such as runway and taxiway construction, airfield signage purchases, and terminal and navigation equipment upgrades.
“We are pleased that we can assist these communities in making their airports better and safer for the flying public,” Aeronautics Commission Director Victor Bird said. “A community’s airport is their gateway to the world, providing their citizens and businesses access to destinations and markets throughout the state and nation – and, in many instances, the world. Airports are truly economic engines.”
The Commission is helping fund the construction of parallel taxiway system at David Jay Perry Airport in Goldsby with a $66,000 CIP grant. Officials said similar to the situation at Pauls Valley Airport, aircraft at David Jay Perry Airport currently use the runway to taxi, which has resulted in aircraft having to wait on the main apron while aircraft are either taking off or landing. The new parallel taxiway will dramatically reduce any chances of an accident occurring as a result of an incursion onto the runway.
State aviation officials indicated that in order for the new parallel taxiway system to meet current FAA standards, the apron will need to be reconfigured. That project involves relocating the fuel tanks and the main hangar, which also doubles as the public terminal building.
In addition to the $66,000 state grant, federal grants totaling nearly $1.2 million and a $66,000 matching grant from the Town of Goldsby will pay for the entire taxiway project.
Despite its small size, Goldsby’s airport is one of the most active in the state with 56 based aircraft and is often used as a reliever for OU’s Max Westheimer Airport in Norman. GCBS Enterprises, Discover Land, LLC and Tip Top Tree Service are just some of the names of locally owned businesses that use the airport to improve their bottom line.