The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission's mission is to promote aviation, which includes ensuring that the needs of commerce and communities across Oklahoma are met by the state's 110 public airports that comprise the state’s air transportation system, and ensuring the growth and vitality of the state's aerospace industry.
LATEST OAC & STATE AVIATION NEWS
Santa to Fly into Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport - November 22, 2013
Santa Claus may be busy making a list and checking it twice, but he is still taking time to visit children of all ages before Christmas Eve.
Ol' St. Nick himself will be flying into the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1 pm where children, young and old, can have their picture taken with him in front of his own plane and share their Christmas wishes. Come out and enjoy some hot cocoa, candy canes and Christmas cheer!
All are welcome to this FREE event sponsored by the Guthrie-Edmond Aviation Association and local businesses. There will be a photographer on hand, but be sure to bring your camera, too! The Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport is located at 520 Airport Road in Guthrie.
For more information, call 405-282-2312.
Public Invited to Provide Comments for Proposed Three-year Capital Improvement Program - November 18, 2013
The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission is inviting members of the public to provide comments on the proposed draft of OAC's Three-Year Capital Improvement Program for FY2014-2016. Anyone who would like to provide comments may do so by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Commission's main number at 1-405-604-6900. Commenst may also be mailed to the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, 120 N. Robinson, Suite 1244W, Oklahoma City Ok 73102. To view a draft of the proposed three-year CIP, please click here.
Youth Invited to Enter 2014 Aviation Art Contest - November 8, 2013
The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission is inviting Oklahoma’s youth from ages six to 17 to participate in the state’s 2014 International Aviation Art Contest. The theme for the 2014 art contest is “Flying Saves Lives.”
Artwork will be judged in three categories – Junior (ages 6-9), Intermediate (ages 10-13) and Senior (ages 14-17) – and will be based on originality, design and usage of theme. First-, second- and third-place winners from each age group will be chosen, with each winner receiving a certificate and cash prize for his or her artwork. Each piece of winning artwork will also be judged at the national level; and if they win there, they will move on to the international competition. Read more.
$1.9 M in Grants Will Bolster Safety at State Airports for Years to Come - October 30, 2013
Just because large portions of the federal government were shut down earlier this month, does not mean the State of Oklahoma stopped doing its job, including making sure its state airports are safe for the flying public.
During their last regularly scheduled meeting, members of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission approved more than $1.9 million in state grants for various infrastructure and safety improvement projects at seven airports around the state. Read more.
Aeronautics Commission Awards $200,000 in Education Funding Following Latest Grant Approvals - October 30, 2013
Following its July meeting in which it awarded $115,000 in aerospace and aviation education funding, the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has awarded an additional $87,000 to several organizations around the state that teach youth about aerospace and aviation.
The Aeronautics Commission has made it a priority over the last decade to encourage school-aged children to become more interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses, especially as they relate to aerospace and aviation.
Since 2003, the Commission has awarded nearly $1.5 million in aerospace and aviation education grants to worthwhile organizations and programs throughout the state. Read more.
Aviation: The First World Wide Web
By Victor Bird,
Director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
Today, we take it for granted that we can get on an airplane in Oklahoma City and go halfway around the world to Singapore in a little over 24 hours. Hard to believe that it was just 80 years ago in 1933 that it took famed Oklahoma aviator, Wiley Post, 7 days and 19 hours to become the first pilot to fly solo around the world. Likewise, it is rather amazing to consider that in a brief span of 66 years, we went from the first flight at Kitty Hawk of 12 seconds and 120 feet to landing on the moon, 239,000 miles away in a little over 3 days. No wonder that none other than Bill Gates has said, “[t]he Wright Brothers created the greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first world wide web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.” Read more.
Aviation Events Calendar
December 7, 2013
Ponca City Aviation Booster Fly-in Breakfast will take place at the Ponca City Municipal Airport. For more information, call 580-767-0470 or e-mail email@example.com.
December 7, 2013
Pauls Valley Hamburger Lunch Fly-in will be held at Pauls Valley Municipal Airport. For more information call 405-238-7338 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 14, 2013
Ardmore Pancake Breakfast will be held at Lakeland Aviation, located behind the control tower at Ardmore Municipal Airport. For more information call (580) 388-5000 or e-mail email@example.com. Contact: Bill Holbrook.
December 14, 2013
Santa is flying into the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport and will land at 1 p.m. Children young and old can have their picture taken with Santa in front of his plane. Come and enjoy some hot cocoa, candy canes and Christmas cheer. GERA is loctaed at 520 Airport Road in Guthrie. For additional information, please call 405-282-2312.
December 16, 2013
Greater OKC Chamber will hold "State of the Aerospace Defense Industry" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sheraton Hotel at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City. Originally scheduled on Oct. 11 and rescheduled due to the government shutdown, Sen. Jim Inhofe and Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield will highlight the importance of the aerospace and defense sectors to Oklahoma.For more information, visit the chamber's event's calendar at www.okcchamber.com.