WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today congratulated the City of Enid for being awarded a grant through the Department of Transportation (DOT) to extend the runway at Woodring Regional Airport. The nearly $1.4 million grant was awarded through the DOT's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and will extend the runway to meet Woodring Regional Airport’s civil aviation needs and to support the pilot training mission at nearby Vance Air Force Base.
“Extending the runway at Woodring Regional Airport will help to bring new economic opportunity to the city of Enid and help meet our national security needs,” said Inhofe. “Not only will this grant allow the airport to meet the demands of local civilian aircraft use, the airport will be able to serve as an alternative runway location for the critical pilot training mission based at Vance Air Force Base. This project would not have been possible without the diligence of local leaders and the support of FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. The outcome was worth the wait, and I look forward to the exciting future this project will provide for Woodring Airport.”
"This is the best example of cooperation at all levels of government to support our nation’s military. This runway expansion project allows for increased mission capabilities while at the same time reducing the overall cost of the Pilot training mission at Vance AFB,” said Mike Cooper, chairman of the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission and president of the Association of Defense Communities. "Due to Senator Inhofe’s leadership we were able to communicate effectively to the FAA, the importance of the runway expansion for not only the U.S. Air Force but also for increased commercial utilization at Woodring Airport."
“The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission is very pleased to compliment the FAA's funding with a $2.5 million grant, the largest state airport grant in history, to the city of Enid for this all-important 2,000 foot extension to the Enid Woodring Municipal Airport,” said Victor Bird, director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. “The extension will make it possible for T-38s from Vance to land and takeoff at Woodring. Vance AFB is the largest employer in this part of the state and has an economic impact of $250 million. The Aeronautics Commission is proud to play a crucial role in providing the funding for this runway extension critical to Vance.”
On Dec. 13, 2013, Inhofe sent a letter to Michael P. Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, supporting Enid’s request for federal assistance to complete the project. In April 2014, Inhofe again sent a letter asking Administrator Huerta to consider the funding request.