Blackwell Municipal Field in Ozark

Blackwell Municipal Field in Ozark saw several enhancements this year. Officials’ hope that will help the city to draw in more business.

With resurfacing going on in Ozark on Highway 231, getting in and out of the city can take a little longer than commuters plan.

But as far as alternative means of getting into the city, Blackwell Municipal Field has had its runway lengthened this year as well as other improvements

City of Ozark Mayor Bob Bunting said, "The airport’s all coming together, and just about everything is complete as far as everything that we've put together on the previous master plan. "

The seven-year project will help to better serve employees at Bell Helicopters, but also will go a long way to help educate students at the EOCC Aviation Campus.

Director of Technical Education, Tom Kirk said, "Any improvement in your airport facility is obviously going to give you a chance to increase the number of companies on the airport and affect the economy of the Ozark area, and really the whole region."

The newest addition to Blackwell Field is the new fire control tower and system to support the increased number of aircraft that will call the field home.

Mechanic Mike Wilson with Eagle Aviation Academy said, "If it works out, we'll have a terminal that is visible from 231 and anyone driving by will know that Ozark has a real fine airport here. It's really something to behold."

There are no set dates for the project to reach 100% completion, but the plan is to have every piece of this airport puzzle assembled by late 2009.

The total cost of the airport expansion is projected around $10-million dollars.

The FAA is set to pay 95-percent of that cost.

The city and state will split the remainder.

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  • by Jerry Location: Dothan on Sep 26, 2007 at 05:49 AM
    Ditto on the readers comment. If Ozark doesn't get new leadership soon, than Enterprise or Dothan needs to take over. The Mayor of Ozark is a joke. Atleast two business downtown has closed or relocated. One of our main gift shops(Hallmark) moved to Dothan. School System needs an overhaul. Ozark has very little going for it.
  • by Rex Location: Ozark on Sep 6, 2007 at 11:14 AM
    While I agree if the airport is improved it will help the community the community has to be growing. I have lived in Ozark for 17 years and other than another eating joint Ozark hasn't grown much. We have had a small business here and there but other nothing of any substance. Ozark use to be the same size as Enterprise but look at Enterprise now, it has grown so much more than Ozark. Ozark is in bad need for some agressive leadership and so far hasn't had it.In order for the city to grow it has to have leadership that works together not against each. Look around citizens of Ozark your city looks like a twig dying on the vine.
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