Lawton aviation services: serving those who bravely serve and the general flying public
Lawton Aviation Services, a division of the Lawton Metropolitan Area Airport Authority, is Lawton-Fort Sill's and Southwest Oklahoma's premier full-service FBO. It services private, corporate, commercial and military aircraft and has a wide range of capabilities to accommodate any aviation need. They specialize in fuel handling – providing Phillips 66® Aviation fuel, hangar rental, tie down space, aircraft leasing, flight instruction, aircraft maintenance and aircraft detailing.
Lawton Aviation Services took over the FBO from the previous tenant, LaSill Aviation, in October 2016. At the time it was recognized that there were issues on the runway, including cracking and water retention that needed to be immediately addressed. Traffic for heavy aircraft was restricted until the runway could be properly repaired. This meant that many large military aircraft had to be rerouted to nearby airports.
"Ft. Sill Regional Airport has proudly served the Southwestern Oklahoma region since 1950, and throughout the years the runway has undergone routine maintenance including overlays and other concrete projects," said Barbara McNally, Airport Director Lawton Ft. Sill Regional Airport. "Initially we believed a total runway reconstruction was necessary, but after a thorough inspection, and the discovery that the runway had 24 inches of concrete, rather than 13 inches, we happily realized the issue was not as serious as we originally thought, and less extreme repairs including crack sealing and underdrains could be employed."
Proudly Serving Jets and Java - Hooah
Today Lawton Aviation Services is open for business for all aircraft, including the heavies. What's also open is a brand-new café. Customers can stop into R&R Percolator Café for a fresh cup of coffee, always affordably priced at just $1, with blends named for unique community locations and terminology including Field Artillery, Medicine Park Sunrise and the 1880 Blend.
The unique space is furnished with tables and chairs constructed from repurposed military surplus materials and its walls are decorated with murals painted by a local artist which depict Lawton and Ft. Sill's rich history. Customers can also purchase military-themed shirts and sweatshirts, which proudly display their connection to the military, including Army Mom, Army Dad and My Hero, My Soldier, My Uncle.
"The Café really represents what our community is about – supporting our military" said McNally. "The military is a huge part of Lawton and who we are."
Relationships, Support and Service
While McNally has worked at the airport authority for the past thirty-plus years and has a vast understanding of the business of aviation, running an FBO has been a whole new ball game.
"Moving the FBO in-house has been an exciting opportunity, but it's also been a steep learning curve," she said. "I and a dedicated group of employees have been able to learn a whole new side of the airport. Understanding the hard work it takes to run a busy FBO, including the large quantity of fuel we move here, has been a rewarding challenge and the folks at Phillips 66 have made this transition as smooth as possible. Our reps have been awesome to work with. We've had many questions from how to access Bizlink (Phillip 66's internal customer portal), to how to manage the accounting system. No matter how small the request, the folks at Phillips have been 100 percent available as our resource and have made running our FBO as easy as possible."
Lawton Aviation Services proudly participates in Phillips 66 Aviation's WingPoints® Rewards Program and Partners-Into-Plane Contract Fuel. To learn more about all of Phillips 66 Aviation's FBO support and incentive programs, click here.
For more information about Lawton Ft. Sill Regional Airport and Lawton Aviation Services, visit flylawton.org.