The United States Air Force has awarded a 5-year, an approximate value of $6.7 million dollars Joint User Agreement (JUA) contract on March 31 to the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority (OSIDA), known as the Oklahoma Air & Spaceport.
The USAF requires substantial use of Clinton-Sherman (CSM) airport for the flight training operations of the 97th Air Mobility Wing (AMW), Altus AFB and the 71st Flying Training Wing (FTW), Vance AFB, both of the Air Education Training Command (AETC), as well as other Air Forces bases approved by Headquarter and for transient Department of Defense (DOD) aircrafts. OSIDA owns and operates the Oklahoma Air & Spaceport, formerly known as the Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base, on behalf of the State of Oklahoma. OSIDA is responsible for the operations and maintenance of the airport and spaceport. This award continues to demonstrate the importance and the key role of the Oklahoma Air & Spaceport for the Department of Defense (DOD).
OSIDA is honored to have the opportunity to support the U.S. military and the flight training operations of the U.S. Air Force. Altus AFB and Vance AFB have a great impact for Oklahoma’s economy providing over 9,000 jobs and approximately $1 Billion in payroll. The Oklahoma Air & Spaceport had over 26,000 flight operations in 2015 and is expected to increase the operations by 15% in the near future with the delivery of the new Boeing KC-46A tanker aircraft at Altus AFB. Altus AFB has been selected as the KC-46A Flight Training Unit (FTU) and it will be transitioning the KC-135 aircrews to the new Boeing KC-46A Pegasus. This will bring significant additional jobs to Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Air & Spaceport is a 2,700 acres airport, spaceport and industrial airpark. It has one of the longest and the widest runways in North America (13,503-feet by 300-feet, with 1,000-feet overruns) with a 100-acre concrete ramp for aircraft parking, six (6) commercial size aircraft hangars (total of 100,000 sq./ft.) ideal for lease, storage, Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) operations, aircraft painting and interior refurbishment. There are 2,000 acres of land available for development. The Oklahoma Air & Spaceport is an FAA public-use airport, with an operational ATC tower, crash and rescue (ARFF) and a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) for fuel and aviation services. Since 2006 the Oklahoma Air & Spaceport has the only FAA-approved Spaceport in the US with a space flight corridor not within any restricted airspace. The space flight corridor is named “Infinity One” and it is 152 miles long with an average width of 45 miles. The Oklahoma Air & Spaceport is a great asset for Oklahoma’s economy and is well positioned to benefit from the continued growth of the aerospace industry.
Reach the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority at http://airspaceportok.com