Max Westheimer Airport and Manager Receive Distinguished Honors


Max Westheimer Airport and Manager Receive Distinguished Honors

OU’s Max Westheimer Airport earned a pair of honors in April when it was named the 2021 Airport of the Year and airport administrator Lance Lamkin, A.A.E., was named 2021 Airport Manager of the Year by the Oklahoma Airport Operators Association (OAOA).

Founded in October 1941 as Max Westheimer Field and operated by the University of Oklahoma, Max Westheimer Airport is a full-service airport that serves Norman and the surrounding region, with 120 based aircraft and more than 50,000 operations per year. Westheimer is home to a staffed control tower, instrument landing system and an Automated Weather Observation System with thunderstorm and lightning detection in order to serve the needs of businesses, recreational pilots and OU students and staff. Each year, an estimated 20,000 visitors arrive in Oklahoma via the airport, contributing an estimated $34.7 million in economic activity to the surrounding community.

Lance LamkinLance Lamkin joined Max Westheimer Airport in 2015 as an airport operations officer. He has served as airport administrator since 2018 and is responsible for corresponding with federal, state and local authorities and consultants, soliciting and obtaining state and federal grants to support multi-million-dollar improvement efforts, developing policies and procedures for airport functions, and providing guidance and general administrative support to control tower functions.

He has served as an adjunct professor in the OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies School of Aviation Studies since 2018, teaching courses on airport operations and management. He is a 2015 OU graduate, having earned a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management with minors in business and air traffic control, as well as a master’s in Aerospace Administration and Logistics from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2018, where he graduated with honors.

Lamkin has served with the OAOA since 2015, including a term as secretary before being selected president of the association in 2020. He also serves as a board member with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), where he serves on the Academic Relations Committee, U.S. Contract Tower Committee, General Aviation Committee and the Young Professionals Committee as Vice Chair, as well as faculty advisor for the Sooner Chapter of AAAE.

The OAOA was founded in 1983 for the enhancement and improvement of airports within Oklahoma and to serve the interests of all airport owners and operators in the state. The OAOA is the only association of airport management professionals in Oklahoma, representing 69 airports in five regions across the state. For more information about OAOA, visit okairports.com.

To learn more about OU’s Max Westheimer Airport, visit ou.edu/airport. For more information about the School of Aviation Studies or degree programs for working adults, visit the College of Professional and Continuing Studies website at pacs.ou.edu.

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