Madisonville airport garners award


The Texas Department of Transportation has awarded the Madisonville Municipal Airport the 2018 Most Improved Airport award.

“New city leadership has resulted in many improvements for this year’s most improved airport winner, which has evolved from a sleepy and sparsely used, deteriorating facility into a growing and vibrant addition to the city’s economic base,” said David Fulton, TxDOT’s Aviation Division director.

Cited as reasons for the award were the Madisonville Economic Development Corporation funded a new 24 foot by 20 foot metal building to serve as a terminal, and it includes a bathroom and heating/air conditioning; there now are two commercial pilots giving flight lessons; and the airport has installed an fuel depot with a credit card reader.

Additionally, the airport has worked to improve drainage and has a building to house a skydiving operation planned. Currently, the airport is in the midst of an ongoing pavement rehabilitation project, and other projects, such as a new windsock, airport fencing and the relocation of the beacon also have been made.

The award was presented at the 36th annual Texas Aviation Conference at the end of March.