The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 19, 2011

Bottom line: Business is up

Increased fuel sales and construction promise a busy year in 2011, director says

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

— Last year was a busy one at Enid Woodring Regional Airport, and 2011 promises to be no different.

The airport has seen increased fuel sales and construction in the past year, and there is more to come, according to Dan Ohnesorge, airport director. Jet aviation fuel sales — used for propeller-driven aircraft with piston engines —  have increased between 40 and 45 percent during the past six months, compared with the same period a year ago.

Business traffic has increased, which Ohnesorge said has picked up the bottom line.

The reason for the increase is the word is getting out about the airport, he said, which offers volume discounts for purchases. Woodring offers a 50-cent-per-gallon discount if an aircraft owner purchases 500 gallons or more — not a burden on the airport’s schedule because refueling a plane with 1,000 gallons of gas takes only slightly longer than doing the same for 100 gallons.

“If people are going long distances, they are learning (there is a significant discount),” Ohnesorge said. He also credited Barnstormers Restaurant as a conveniently located, high-quality establishment. Ohnesorge said the word is starting to get out jet aircraft on a stopover get a discount on fuel and those on board can get a good meal, and the airport will benefit.

There also is a close relationship with Vance Air Force Base in Enid.

A retired Vance officer, Ohnesorge explained part of the Vance training requires pilots to go on a cross-country flight. Many pilots will eat lunch at Barnstormers rather than at their destinations.

In nearby Cimarron Industrial Park, Aircraft Structures, owned by Mickey Stowers, completed a new hangar as a business expansion.

New additions to the industrial park also are under consideration, including water and sewer installations in a generic manner that is flexible enough for any type of business going into the park.

The 66th Street entrance road has been completed and because of the low bids work is being done on Piper Road on the west side of the fuel storage area. A hangar project is being contemplated for this year. On the agenda is a hangar capable of housing large jets or military aircraft.