Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission approves 19 airport improvement projects

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission said Dec. 17 that 19 projects have been approved as part of the group’s 2010-2012 Capital Improvement Program.

The three-year Capital Improvement Program provides funding to Oklahoma airports for various capital needs, such as runway maintenance and construction; installation of navigational aids; land purchases; and installation and repair of airfield lights and signage.

“Investing in our state’s public airports is critical to ensuring that our citizens have access to a safe, reliable system of airports,” Aeronautics Commission Director Victor Bird said. “Those airports are economic lifelines for communities all across Oklahoma, providing local businesses with an efficient mode of travel with which to transact commerce. They also serve as lifelines for numerous individuals who rely on general aviation aircraft to transport them to hospitals and emergency care centers across the state and nation.”

Bird approved the proposed 2010-2012 CIP during their final regularly scheduled meeting for 2009.

According to state aviation officials, roughly half of the 30 projects included in the CIP are considered “big rock projects,” which means they are costly

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