The Edmond Sun

January 15, 2014

Guthrie-Edmond airport discuss improvements

Van Mitchell
Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport board Tuesday tabled any action for possible Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) in GERA’s five-year development plan.

GERA submits to the Federal Aviation Administration every spring an updated five-year CIP plan for possible FAA funding for those projects.

Board members discussed a series of projects including adding 200 feet of runway to the airport which would give it a total of 5,200 feet and would enable the airport to handle larger types of aircraft.

Edmond board member Rowland Denman said the Fiscal Year 2017 project would cost $75,000 and would be funded primarily through local, federal and state funds.

He said he estimated that it would cost Guthrie and Edmond $1,875 each for their portion of the matching grant.

Other CIP wish-list projects include installing an electronic gate and constructing an access road to new hangar development and corporate hangar area; rehabilitate the main apron with concrete pavement and rehabilitate runway pavement; build new hangars and paint markings on runways.

Denman asked board members to review the CIP list and discuss their ideas at the board’s February meeting.

“I think we are going to have to lay out a timeline and what the timeline is going to be for us to accomplish these things,” Denman said. “We need to start making our own priorities and do them.”

In other matters, Guthrie board member Joe Underwood was elected as the new board chairman replacing Denman and Edmond member Gale Braden was selected vice-chair. Underwood and Braden will serve in those capacities until January 2015.

GERA manager Justin Heid reported GERA has been selected as one of six airports in Oklahoma to receive a 95-percent matching state grant for Omni-Directional Approach Lighting (ODALS) for Runway 16. He said the lighting will likely be installed later this year.

Heid added that the Santa Claus fly-in Dec. 14 was a success.

“Over 400 people came out to the airport and over 200 children had a chance to visit with Santa,” Heid said. “This is a great winter event sponsored by the Guthrie-Edmond Aviation Association and local businesses.”

Underwood praised Heid and Braden for their work on the Santa fly-in.

“Justin and Gale get big kudos for the Santa Claus project,” Underwood said. “It’s amazing how many kids showed up for this.”