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FLEET MANAGEMENT

"It's exciting to be part of something that's always advancing."

-J. David VanderVeen, county director of Central Services

Smooth
Flight
MICHIGAN'S OAKLAND
COUNTY CONTINUES
TO MAKE ITS REGIONAL
AIRPORTS SAFER AND
MORE EFFICIENT.
>OAKLAND COUNTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

BY JAMIE MORGAN

Oakland County Director of Central
Services J. David VanderVeen says that
in today's global economy, airports have
become regional ambassadors. Airports
are often the first impression a person
has of a new area. VanderVeen says
Oakland County in southeast Michigan
makes sure that the impression its airports leave with guests is a positive one.
"When someone lands or takes off
from your facility for the first time, you
make an impression and you want to
make a good impression," VanderVeen
says. "At the direction of County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, we started a
campaign years ago to make the airport
more attractive. We cleaned up signs
along the highway, and received landscape and beautification awards so we
could put our best face forward."
Oakland County manages three
airports, the main one being Oakland
County International Airport (OCIA)
and two smaller airports, one of which is
located in Troy, the county's largest city.
OCIA began in 1928 and was the first
airport in the nation to be certified by
the government. It became and still is an
important part of Michigan's economy.
In 1967, the city of Pontiac transferred
authority of its airport operations to the
county - giving the airport the leader-

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// OCIA's customers include business and corporate
travelers, airfreight, recreational flyers, air ambulances,
air traffic reporters and crop dusters.

ship and resources it needed to transform into a world-class institution.
"We began making the airport safer by
extending and widening runways, and
making sure approaches to the airport
are safe and clear of obstructions,"
VanderVeen says.
An Oakland Overhaul
The county's efforts to put OCIA at the
forefront of aviation didn't stop there.
OCIA is a general aviation airport that
handles all civilian fleets except airlines.
Its customer base includes business and
corporate travelers, airfreight, recreational flyers, air ambulances, air traffic
reporters and crop dusters. It is the second-busiest airport in Michigan and one
of the busiest general aviation airports
in the nation with more than 120,000
takeoffs and landings annually. There

are more than 150 corporate owners and
554 aircraft based at OCIA.
Also, virtually every Fortune 500
company in America flies in and out of
OCIA. Collectively, they expect quality
services and facilities. A few years ago,
VanderVeen says the county took a hard
look at OCIA's decades-old terminal and
decided it needed extensive work.
"We had a terminal building dating
back to the '50s," VanderVeen says. "It
had a leaky roof, asbestos, single-pane
windows in bad need of replacement
and it didn't show off what the airport
-------------------------------------- [ PROFILE ]
Oakland County International Airport
www.oakgov.com
Headquarters: Waterford, Mich.
Specialty: General aviation airport
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