Members of the Russellville Regional Airport Commission learned during their monthly meeting Tuesday that February fuel sales climbed 21.59 percent over the month of January.
Airport Director Keith Frazier said 11,530 total gallons of aviation gas and jet fuel in February, compared to 4,289 in January. He said February was a good month because of the weekend fly-in and higher corporate and charter traffic.
Commissioner Dwight Talburt thanked the Russellville Police Department (RPD) for providing one of its Ford Crown Victorias to the airport as a courtesy vehicle. He said it will make a nice addition for the airport.
The commission voted to recommend the purchase of a new cab and chassis for a Jet A fuel truck and refurbish the tank and delivery system from the existing fuel truck to be mounted on the new cab and chassis. A gasoline-powered engine was preferred over a diesel engine. Commissioners also voted to recommend the purchase of a side-by-side all-terrain utility vehicle for the airport to replace a Ford Ranger pickup.
The airport is still in a holding pattern on a grant for the proposed taxiway extension project. Bob Chatman from Miller Newell Engineers said if the project is funded by the FAA, it will fall under the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program grants which are 90 percent funded by the FAA and a 10 percent matching grant from the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics.
Frazier gave updates on presentations he made to the Advertising & Promotion (A&P) Commission and West Central Planning and Development District on funding for airport vehicles and the FBO renovation project. He received a $1,835 grant from the A&P pending approval for the reset of the $3,920 from the City Council. Frazier said he would address the Finance Committee during its April 12 meeting.
Commissioners also discussed future hangar development and relocating some of the open hangars and the removal of the remaining open shade hangars. This would open up the ramp space for current and future needs in handling corporate and business aircraft while still providing space for current occupants.
The commission’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 26.
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