U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today congratulated the Seminole Municipal Airport and the University of Oklahoma Max Westheimer Airport for receiving grants through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Community Air Service Development Program. The two grants will support efforts to rehabilitate runways and improve safety measures at the two local airports.


“Between local funds and grants from the Department of Transportation, two important regional airports in Oklahoma will be able to repair crumbling runways and make necessary safety improvements,” said Inhofe. “The service these airports provide contributes greatly to the economic opportunity for local communities and businesses. In the case of the University of Oklahoma Westheimer, the grant will help improve the environment to safely train and educate future pilots.”


"The Airport Improvement Grant awarded to Seminole Municipal Airport is absolutely essential in helping us rehabilitate the Airport’s runway,” said Scott Lee, manager at Red Cloud Aviation. "With this added federal funding, we will be able to swiftly complete this project, opening our airport to larger aircraft and allowing us to accept higher speed traffic that will greatly benefit the airport and our community."


"The grant money awarded to the University of Oklahoma’s Max Westheimer Airport is critical to improving an aging runway used predominantly by those learning to fly,” said Walt Strong, director of the Max Westheimer Airport. "Without this federal investment in our community, our operations would suffer. Our nationally recognized aviation training program is a vibrant part of OU, and its continued success relies on a safe operating environment for our students. Renovating our runway will help us maintain a high level of safety. We commend Senator Inhofe for his continued support of federal grant programs such as the Airport Improvement Program and the Federal Contract Tower Program that provide such strong benefits to Oklahoma communities."


The Seminole Municipal Airport’s grant equals to $620,000; and the University of Oklahoma Westheimer’s grant equals to $810,000.