About 1K8 – Growth and Improvements

Economic Development

“Airports and Oklahomans: The perfect match” AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) – June 18, 2015

The airport is an economic development project for the benefit of the Grand Lake Area Community. With improvements of expanded fuel ramp, runway lights and GPS all weather approach in progress, the airport has reached a new level for 24/7 operation for business and personal aircraft, including coast to coast flights and destination leased aircraft.

Air access to a community is a big factor for most companies in their decision for a new, or additional location. New businesses that operate twelve months out of the year, with no dependency on the recreation season, will bring a huge economic benefit to Grand Lake Country.

The aviation industry is one of the largest industries in Oklahoma, and it is growing. Recently, the sales tax exemption for aircraft expensive repair has been extended to all repairs, presenting an opportunity for new business at the South Grand Lake Airport.

South Grand Lake Regional Airport is a Title 60 Public Trust.

Brent Howard article PDF – Airport, Economic Development /Growth

The annual economic impact of South Grand Lake Airport is $ 2.5 million.

Airport Improvements

In 2005 the airport was a pasture grass strip and a pole barn hangar. Since then –

  • A Public Trust with 9 volunteer directors was formed.
  • A mile of hard surface runway was built.
  • The board purchased 16 acres adjacent to the airport for development
  • 25 commitments to lease lots and build hangars were secured.
  • Development loan secured to develop the hangar tract and build a fuel farm.
  • 35 hangar lots with utilities and taxiways were developed.
  • Self service Jet / Avgas fuel farm and fuel ramp were built.
  • Loan secured to build temporary terminal and rental vehicle storage.
  • Entry and entry road built.
  • Four hangars built.
  • Purchased 20 acres to provide runway safety area, airport entry and future development.
  • Built Pavilion for aviation and public events facility.
  • 25 acres purchased and fenced for runway safety area.
  • Fuel ramp was expanded.
  • Fuel farm shelter built.
  • Runway lights were installed.
  • Runway crack seal and new marking paint.

2016 – 2018

Airport improvements include:

  • 80 x 125 hangar
  • (4) 45 x 35 hangars for sale
  • 5000 gal JET-A fuel truck
  • Ramp expansion
  • Additional 48 acres, Fencing, & Avigation Lease purchases
  • RNAV (GPS)
  • Pave entry road
  • Fuel Truck Shelter

2019 and beyond:

  • WAAS GPS All Weather Approach
  • 4 Box PAPPI both ends
  • Widen and overlay runway to 75 x 5,200
  • Terminal
  • Terminal Hangar

Public Notice for Airport Projects (PDF)

Adopt-A-Lot Program

The Adopt-A-Lot program is to raise funds for new airport improvements and grant match funding. We are seeking economic development supporters to pledge tax deductible funds to the airport over a period of time. The supporters will be recognized on the airport web site and with a sign on a hangar lot for lease. For information contact Brent Howard, 918-693-1855.

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