Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust (TAIT) is constructing a first-class observation area for R.L. Jones, Jr. Airport (RVS) on 91st Street between Elwood Ave. and Elm Street. Initially, the airport constructed a parking area with six paved parking spaces off of the southwest corner of the main runway, the single best vantage point to view aircraft taking off and landing but was not able to justify budgeting the considerable funds to purchase amenities. A community-wide effort to raise funds for the improvements to the observation area began in October 2009 with a golf tournament. The 2009 golf tournament was followed by another golf tournament in 2010 and the sale of personalized brick pavers to edge concrete areas. The most recent fundraising effort was the sale of taxiway lights that were recovered from Tulsa International Airport and R.L. Jones, Jr. Airports and rewired as desk lamps. The original taxiway light fixtures were replaced with new LED fixtures.
The observation area offers a park-like setting including a shelter, picnic tables, viewing platform and restrooms. Six picnic tables on concrete pads, a raised platform, a concrete pad for an airport diagram and a gazebo with additional picnic tables have been constructed. Most recently equipment was added so that visitors in the observation area can listen to air traffic control communications on with their radios tuned to 91.1FM. All construction has been performed by R.L. Jones, Jr. employees other than the airport’s diagram that was painted onto the concrete pad by a local young man, Jesse Durney, as his Eagle Scout project. The ability to listen to the tower was provided by the Jones Riverside Airport Association and equipment donated by LDGregory, Inc.