The Woodward News


August 20, 2012

City issues response to FAA report


Woodward, Okla. —


Here is the letter sent by City Attorney Aaron Sims to FAA officials

Aug. 20, 2012

Mr. Edward Agnew, Manager

Arkansas/Oklahoma ADO

Federal Aviation Administration

2601 Meacham Blvd.

Fort Worth, TX 76137

Re: West Woodward Airport (WWR), Woodward, Oklahoma; FY 2012 Post Inspection Land Use Report

Dear Mr. Agnew

The City of Woodward (City) is in receipt of the FY-2012 Post Inspection Land Use Report compiled by Edward Chambers on the West Woodward Airport (WWR) in Woodward, Oklahoma dated July 24, 2012. It appears this inspection was conducted on your recommendation. Please accept this correspondence as the City's response to this Report and a request for information from the FAA.

The report states that Inspector, Mr. Chambers, visited the West Woodward Airport on June 11 and 12, 2012. The Inspector indicated that upon arrival at the airport, he met with a group of "concerned citizens," including the airport manager. The Inspector apparently met with these "concerned citizens" for a substantial amount of time, while spending less than three (3) hours with the City's representative, Mr. Doug Haines, during his two (2) day inspection. The City would request that the Inspector identify the "concerned citizens" upon whom the Inspector relied to provide information concerning the City's operation of its airport and the surrounding industrial properties.

Prior to receiving the Report, the City Manager, Mr. Alan Riffel, was contacted by Randy Ellis, an investigative reporter with the Daily Oklahoman, on July 27, 2012. Mr. Ellis had in his possession a copy of an Inspection Report concerning the West Woodward Airport. When asked, Mr. Ellis identified the report as being dated July 16, 2012. However, the Report to the City is dated July 24, 2012, and was not received until after being contacted by Mr. Ellis. The City would request an explanation of the discrepancy in dates and how the media received a copy of a report before the subject of the inspection received the report. We appreciate your attention to these procedural questions.

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