OU's busy little airport is due for a; RUNWAY PROJECT

NORMAN - An estimated $2.5 million runway repair and resurfacing project at Max Westheimer Airport will begin in 2008, airport administrator Walt Strong said.

Paid for through federal and state aviation grants and matching funds from the University of Oklahoma, the project will rehabilitate one of the airport's two runways. The runway will be shut down for two to three months while the work is completed, Strong said.

The project follows a runway lighting project, which was completed during summer 2007.

The regional airport is owned and operated by OU. Located off Interstate 35 just north of Robinson Street, it is designated as a reliever airport for Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. Max Westheimer serves general aviation aircrafts from executive class jets to single-engine planes.

The full-service airport averages 90,000 takeoffs or landings every year, Strong said. Airport hangars are available for recreational pilots to lease. Many local businesses and private citizens utilize the airport. The university also has more than 170 students each semester in its flight training school who also use the airport, Strong said.

The airport is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The control tower operates between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Flight training is provided through the OU aviation department. For more information, call 325-7233.

Jennifer Griswold: 292-6116, jgriswold@oklahoman.com