Woodring, Ohnesorge receive state honors

The air traffic control tower stands at Enid Woodring Regional Airport. (Bonnie Vculek / Enid News & Eagle)

Oklahoma Airport Operators Association has named Woodring Regional Airport in Enid as the state’s top airport for 2016. Woodring’s Dan Ohnesorge also was tabbed the 2016 airport manager of the year.

“I am humbled and honored to receive the awards. We have a strong team, each of whom takes pride in the facilities and the services we provide here at Woodring,” said Ohnesorge at the group's annual convention in Norman. “The successes we have enjoyed have been made possible because of a very strong supporting cast.”

Ohnesorge reeled off several individuals and groups who have played major roles in that success, including the airport technicians, operations manager, mayor, city manager and city commissioners, as well as support at the state level from Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, Department of Transportation, governor and the state’s federal delegation.

During his nearly eight years at the helm of Woodring, Ohnesorge has overseen projects that have solidified the airport as a jewel within the Oklahoma airport system. The airport recently completed a runway extension that lengthened the runway to 8,000 feet, allowing T-38s from nearby Vance Air Force Base, the city of Enid’s biggest employer, to land there. The Aeronautics Commission provided a $2.5 million state grant to help fund the runway extension project.

In addition to the runway extension project, drainage and parking apron repairs also were completed and three new hangars were built, including a large joint-use hangar.

Woodring is home to about 100 based aircraft and is used by numerous businesses, including some of Enid’s top employers such as AdvancePierre Foods, Groendyke Transport and Koch Industries.

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