Bob Sikes Airport in Crestview stands out from its competitors

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 01:35 PM.

The airport hosts North Okaloosa Fire District's main headquarters, and its two airport crash tenders are frequently on call, often hired to stand by during airport tenants’ flight-testing.

Millions in improvements

In recent years, Okaloosa County has embarked on an $11 million infrastructure upgrade to Bob Sikes Airport. Improvements include repaving the runway, widening taxiways, installing runway lighting and signage, revamping the airport's storm-water drainage system, and installing utilities for future tenants.

Infrastructure improvements, funded exclusively by user fees and grants, pave the way — literally — for continued growth, officials say.

"Over the last few years, airport (staffers) have been very engaged with promoting the future development of the airport," Stage said. "In doing so, we've been able to secure a substantial amount of grant funding and construct storm water utilities and infrastructure to promote future aviation development of the airport."

"Any plane in the world can land at our airport," Airport Committee chairman Dino Sinopoli said.

The airport accommodated the arrival of an Antonov An-124, the world's third-largest aircraft, in October 2010. The plane delivered a number of Fort Rucker-bound helicopters before taking off at dawn the next morning.

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