Courson is new airport manager
October 18, 2020
Derrick Courson, who filled in as interim manager at the Alva Regional Airport, has now been promoted to manager. The Alva Airport Commission met Tuesday night, Oct. 13, since Monday was a holiday. Chairman Dale Logsdon was absent so Terry Turner presided over the meeting. Other members present were Paul Kinzie, Calleb Mosburg and Kelly Parker. Alva Business Manager Angelica Brady also attended.
After approval of the minutes, Mayor Parker and Business Manager Brady gave a city council report. Parker said the city’s cash position continues to improve, and there should be no problem paying back the airport loan. Brady reported the city’s pooled cash account had a balance of about $550,000 at the end of September. The city is working with Crawford and Associates on an internal audit to prepare for possibly getting a loan that would pay off the funds borrowed from the airport account.
The city has posted a survey on their Facebook page asking for input on which project to include on an application to OEDA for REAP grant funding. The three infrastructure projects include an offset well in the well field, concrete on 9th Street from Choctaw to Mill, and a Bobcat skid steer loader for the sanitation department. Look for City Hall – Alva Oklahoma on Facebook. Brady said the finance committee of the city council will look at citizen input as one factor of their decision on the REAP grant application.
Airport Manager Report
Courson said fuel sales were “really good” in September. The airport sold 1522 gallons of 100LL for $5,194.60 and 3071 gallons of Jet-A for $8,598.80. With some oil sales, the airport took in $13,852.56 for September.
The avgas truck has been running rough so Courson asked Public Works Director Ronnie Hoskins to look at it. He found some vacuum leaks. After those were fixed, the truck starts and runs better. The zero- turn mower had a battery replaced. A tire was replaced on the airport pickup.
Courson said only two airport hangars have identifying signs and those are faded. He plans to get quotes on new hangar signs from CED#8. He also collected the tail numbers on all the aircraft in the hangars for an FAA report. The last time that was done was in 2017. He said while doing something else, he found the missing remote control for the airport tug but the battery was bad and will need replaced.
Oct. 9 was the last day for phase 1 of the ODALS installation. Boring under Harper Road has been completed. Construction on phase 2 will now proceed. Courson said on Friday, Oct. 16, he would be able to take the NOTAMS off the runway so it would be available all the time. He also learned how to update the NOTAMS online.
He talked with the board about possibly keeping a bag of ice on hand as pilots of jets frequently ask for one. He’s looking at a way to store a bag purchased from a convenience store.
Courson said he discovered the airport had a Facebook page but it has not been updated for several years. He’d like to post current photos of the airport and some of the planes that come in as well as avgas prices. Commission members made favorable comments. No one knew how to access the old page. Since the meeting, Courson has set up at new Facebook page at Alva Regional Airport.
Courson said he had a compliment on the airport courtesy car from a pilot who used it. Kinzie said most airports offer a worn out city vehicle for visiting pilots.
The manager discussed lowering fuel prices to be more competitive while still making a profit. Board members assured him that was within his control.
Courson has asked for an inspector from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to come to the airport to go over what needs to be inspected and how frequently.
He said that some people leasing hangars have told him they usually pay every six months rather than monthly or annually as stated in the new hangar policy. Brady said she’d do some research and bring the matter back to the commission at a future meeting. She’s also going to check the policy on people with overdue accounts continuing to add charges for fuel.
Kinzie asked Courson if he had noticed anything needed while going over the airport grounds doing mowing. Courson said he wants to get some weed trimmers to edge along the runway. He’s noticed some rough places while mowing and plans to try using the roller to smooth them out. There are also some holes to be filled, some of them by the taxiways.
There were no action items on the agenda other than the minutes. The next regular meeting will be Nov. 9.