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Airports celebrates seven years of no injuries

Airports General Aviation Division maintains Wiley Post and Clarence E. Page Airports, which handle corporate, business and private travel. General aviation is recognized as an essential part of our growing city and requires a comprehensive and attentive safety culture for facilities maintenance and public safety.

 

The Division’s Facility and Grounds Maintenance employees have successfully achieved an injury free workplace for over seven years. This injury free environment is a direct result of each employee’s commitment to a strong safety culture. Their long term success has been achieved through open communication between management and employees. All expect accountability from each other and treat each other with respect. The results are low turnover rates and dedicated employees that understand the intricacies of the division’s operational needs.

 

Risk Management is extremely proud of the safety culture that the General Aviation Division has created. This much deserved recognition goes to the nine employees who maintain the successful daily operations of the airports; Greg Downum, Victor Guyton, Tim Goodwin, Charles Thompson, Logan Williams, Kristy Slater, Brandon Norvelle, and Jack Bailey.

 

“I believe general aviation’s stellar record of no OJI’s is due to the staff’s strong commitment to safety and teamwork,” says Mark Kranenburg, airports director. “The department is very proud of the GA group and confident they will be setting another record in 2021.”

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Airport Operations Officer

The position of Airport Operations Officer has been posted for Wiley Post and Clarence E. Page Airports.

Details about the position can be found at the link below.

Applications can be made through the City of Oklahoma City's online system: www.okc.gov/jobs

 



Valair Aviation selected by Garmin as a Beechjet G5000 Avionics Installation Center

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Valair Aviation, an AGC Aerospace & Defense company that specializes in aircraft maintenance, avionics, paint, interior, repair, overhaul and FBO services, has been authorized as an installation center for the new Beechjet G5000 avionics upgrade.  Centrally located in Oklahoma City, Valair Aviation is the largest King Air G1000 installation dealer in the state.  

 

The Garmin G5000 Integrated Flight Deck for the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP features three high-resolution 12-inch flight displays along with two touch screen display/controllers, which serve as the primary crew interface to the system. Charts are available across all three displays, including geo-referenced Garmin SafeTaxi® airport diagrams, FliteCharts™ terminal procedures or optional Garmin ChartView powered by Jeppesen. The G5000 offers PBN/RNP 0.3 with LPV/APV approach capability, so owners and operators have access to even more airports throughout the world.

 

“Valair is thrilled to be selected as an Avionics installation center for the new Garmin Beechjet G5000,” said Gary Ambrose, General Manager of Valair Aviation. “This new touch screen and flight control technology fits perfectly with our Garmin cockpit upgrade experience and our current Beechjet product offerings of full paint, interior, major maintenance and repair.  We are honored to extend our relationship with such a high caliber supplier that is known for innovation, reliability, and value.”

 

Garmin’s STC certification of the G5000 Integrated Flight Deck for the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP is targeted for approval during Q4 2015 and will be available at Valair Aviation as one of Garmin’s select G5000 Beechjet installation dealers.

 

About Valair Aviation

Valair Aviation is a full service MRO and FBO providing quality, efficiency and added value support. With over 70 years of experience, Valair has delivered customized solutions to private, commercial and government customers operating turbine and mid-size corporate jets. Valair has earned a highly respected reputation for its innovative engineering and performance enhancement solutions. In addition to maintenance, repair and overhauls, Valair also specializes in performance and surveillance upgrades, complete interior refurbishing, floor plan modifications, and customized paint. Valair Aviation is an AGC Aerospace & Defense company.  Learn more at www.valairaviation.com.

 

About AGC Aerospace & Defense

AGC Aerospace & Defense, the unifying brand of private equity group Acorn Growth Companies, is a global supplier of technologies, systems and services supporting commercial and military programs. Capabilities within the AGC Aerospace & Defense portfolio range from financing, engineering, and integration services to manufacturing, logistics, and aircraft modifications. AGC Aerospace & Defense is organized into four operating groups: AeroComposites, Finance, Integrated Defense, and Services.  Learn more at www.agcaerospace.com.



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Do you have an interesting aviation story?  An upcoming event?  How about a great photo of activity at Wiley Post Airport?  We'd love to share it.  Contact General Aviation Manager Kristy Slater at kristy.slater@okc.gov or 405-316-3392.



New ILS

A new Instrument Landing System (ILS) has been installed at Wiley Post Airport (PWA) giving pilots more capability to land at the airport during inclement  weather conditions. The new ILS will be the second system installed at PWA and is located on the south end of 35R, the airport’s primary runway. The other ILS is located on the north end of 17L, the other primary runway.  With this addition, instrument-equipped planes have all-weather availability to the Oklahoma City airport.

An ILS is a ground-based instrument approach system that provides precision course and glide path information to an aircraft that is approaching or landing on a runway when low ceilings or reduced visibility, such as fog, rain or blowing snow, are present.  In Oklahoma, these conditions can occur frequently in late fall and winter impacting a large number of operations at Wiley Post.  Prior to the addition of the new ILS, planes approaching from the north during inclement weather would not be able to land and would divert to Will Rogers World Airport; a potentially costly occurrence to pilots and corporations. 

“The new ILS provides a significantly higher level of service for Wiley Post Airport,” says Tim Whitman, General Aviation Manager for Wiley Post and Clarence E. Page Airports.  “Our tenants are thrilled with the new system.  For many, if they can’t fly into the airport, they can’t do business, so this system is not only important to them, but to the airport overall.”  

The added ILS may also attract new business to the area.  Two ILS systems at general aviation airports are rare, so for  PWA, this is a very attractive amenity to corporate flight departments and general aviation pilots looking for airports to call home.

The system was commissioned by the FAA, and the Oklahoma City Airport Trust managed the construction.  The total cost of the project was $3.1 million.   The majority of the project was funded by corporate excise tax revenues received from the sales of aircraft in Oklahoma.  The remaining was funded by The Oklahoma City Airport Trust and The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. Now that the project is complete, the FAA will operate and maintain the system.

Wiley Post has over 480 aircraft based on the airport.  The majority of the aircraft are equipped with the instruments needed to utilize the ILS systems.