OKLAHOMA CITY —
Chandler received the largest grant of nearly $897,000, which will be used to overlay the runway at Chandler Regional Airport with a new layer of asphalt. The city is contributing another $47,000 in matching funds as well as $38,000 in repairs prior to the overlay.
Aviation officials said that the airport pavement is experiencing mild to severe cracking due to a combination of seasonal weathering over the many years and stress from the weight of aircraft landing and taking off. The overlay will significantly reduce the amount of water that will seep through the pavement, which should extend the life of the pavement, they said.
Chandler Regional Airport currently has six based aircraft, five of which belong to Chandler (U.S.A.), Inc., an insurance holding company headquartered in Chandler. Company flight operations director Rick Gladden said two of those aircraft are business jets.
“In my opinion, we would not be in Chandler if it were not for the airport that enables us to use our jet aircraft,” said Gladden, adding that the company is making a concerted effort to bring in additional aircraft to the airport, with plans to build more hangars to accommodate the growth.
“Flying business aircraft allows us to operate our business more efficiently which, in turn, positively impacts our bottom line,” Gladden said.
Chandler (U.S.A.), Inc., formerly LaGere, Walkingstick Insurance Agency and the parent company of National American Insurance Company, is one of the top employers in Lincoln County, employing approximately 250 people who live in and around the city of Chandler. The company provides property and casualty insurance in various industries across the U.S., but mainly in Oklahoma and Texas.
Pauls Valley Municipal Airport will use a $106,000 CIP grant from the Aeronautics Commission to supplement $1.7 million in federal funds to build a new parallel taxiway system. The City of Pauls Valley will also chip in about $94,000 in matching funds for the taxiway project.