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Max Westheimer Airport

A Reliever Airport for the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area

Capable of handling aircraft through and including executive class jet aircraft.

Max Westheimer Airport, owned and operated by the University of Oklahoma, is an integral component of the transportation infrastructure serving the city of Norman and surrounding region. The airport, along with the surrounding property and complex of existing and planned activities, represents a significant regional economic asset.

Each year an estimated 20,000 visitors arrive in Oklahoma by utilizing Max Westheimer Airport.  The airport contributes an estimated $34.7 million dollars of economic activity to the surrounding community. This economic impact comes from jobs, annual payroll, annual spending, and sales tax paid by visitors on hotels, meals, rental car and retail spending. The Airport also supports several state law enforcement agencies which include Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

Max Westheimer Airport is classified by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission as a Regional Business Airport servicing general aviation aircraft, including business jets. The airport is also designated by the FAA as a General Aviation Reliever airport for Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, which is the primary commercial airport serving the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and the region.

Westheimer Airport has a staffed control tower, instrument landing system, and an Automated Weather Observation System with thunderstorm and lightning detecting in order to serve the needs of businesses, recreational pilots, and OU students and staff.  Westheimer is a full-service airport, with 120 based aircraft and handles more than 50,000 operations per year. 

Max Westheimer Entrance Sign
1700 Lexington Ave, Norman, OK 73069

UAS Also Known As Drones: What you should know before you fly.

University of Oklahoma Max Westheimer Airport Guidelines

Federal sUAS Laws and Guidance: All UAS over 0.55 LBS must be registered with the FAA and properly labeled before flight. The following federal laws and guidelines are provided for operators of UAS: Operate UAS within visual sight at all times; Contact the airport or air traffic control tower if within 5 miles of an airport; Operate UAS no higher than 400 feet and remain below surrounding obstacles; Do not fly in adverse weather conditions such as high winds or reduced visibility; Never fly near emergency response efforts; Never Fly over stadiums or sporting events; Do not fly under the influence of alcohol or drugs; Must remain clear, and yield to all manned aircraft operations; Do not fly near or over sensitive infrastructures (e.g., power stations, correctional facilities); Do not fly a UAS if it has not been registered with the FAA and properly labeled; Do not fly over people; Do not fly in national parks.

Airport Administration recommends that UAS operators visit Know Before You Fly and might consider the B4UFLY smart phone app from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  

Operators, that are considering operations on the University of Oklahoma property, should familiarize themselves with the University's UAS Review Committee Guidelines and fill out the UAS Flight Application prior to operations.  All UAS operation on OU Property require pre-approval.

Operatoring unmanned aircraft systems within 5 miles of the airport needs to be reported to the airport administration and air traffic control tower to be in compliance with the FAA regulations.  To assist UAS operators, Max Westheimer has created two forms located on our website under UAS (Drone) Operations.  These forms must be used each time an operator intends to fly within 5 miles of Max Westheimer Airport or on OU Property.  To help assist the airport in getting the information to the appropriate departments, we ask that the forms be submitted as far in advance as possible.  It is important to note, commercial UAS flights have more rules associated with their operations and it is imperative that youvisit FAA Drone Zone to insure compliance with FAA Guidelines and Regulations.

Violators of the rules and regulations are subject to being reported to law enforcement and/or the FAA.  Please help keep our skies safe by following the rules and regulations set forth by the FAA.