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.
Emergency Rules for Anemometer Towers (MET Towers) Are Now Officially in Effect!
To access required forms and instructions, please go to the Anemometer Tower Emergency Rules webpage. [Click Here]
LATEST OAC & STATE AVIATION NEWS
2015 State Aviation Art Contest Winners Announced - March 23, 2015
Officials with the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission have announced the winners of Oklahoma’s 2015 International Aviation Art Contest. The students will be recognized for their artwork during an awards ceremony scheduled for March 31 at 2:30 p.m. in the Governor’s Blue Room inside the state Capitol.
The International Aviation Art Contest encourages youth from around the world, ages 6 to 17, to reflect on aviation by designing a piece of art based on the year’s chosen theme. This year’s contest theme was “World Air Games.”
"This art contest is an excellent way to get our younger Oklahomans interested in careers in the aerospace and aviation industries,” Director of Aeronautics Vic Bird said. Read more.
Madill Airport Tabbed State’s Top Airport, Tulsa’s Mulder Named Top Manager at Annual Airport Conference- March 20, 2015
During their annual conference in Tulsa earlier this month, the Oklahoma Airport Operators Association (OAOA) named Madill Municipal Airport as its Airport of the Year. Jeff Mulder, director of airports for the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust, which manages and operates Tulsa International Airport and R.L. Jones-Riverside Airport, was also selected as OAOA’s Airport Manager of the Year.
Madill Municipal Airport Manager David Sprouse (pictured above, left, with Chris Bryant) said after hearing OAOA President and Ardmore Airport Manager Chris Bryant announce that the top airport was located near Ardmore, he thought they had a chance to win. Read more.
Airport Leaders Discuss FAA Reauthorization, Other Topics at Annual Conference in Tulsa - March 12, 2015
Nearly 240 airport officials from across Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas met in Tulsa March 8-11 for a joint airport conference hosted by the Oklahoma Airport Operators Association (OAOA), South Central Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives and the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission.
With the conference theme, “The Changing Airport Marketplace,” airport leaders and aviation industry experts discussed issues impacting airports, including federal legislation and industry challenges and opportunities. One topic of concern among nearly all conference attendees was FAA Reauthorization, which is set to expire Sept. 30, 2015.
“Our biggest challenge going forward is going to be funding,” said Vic Bird, director of the Aeronautics Commission (pictured above with New Mexico's Jane Lucero). “I do think we will get a [reauthorization] bill. Congressman Shuster is very determined to make that happen, and he is thinking big -- a transformational bill that may fundamentally change the way the FAA operates, particularly air traffic control. Congress does want to get something done, and that bodes well for all of us.” Read more.
Program Aimed to Increase DOD Contracts in State Holds Webinar to Generate Awareness - March 9, 2015
A “did you know?” webinar was held recently to introduce a program created by the state in 2006 to help aerospace and aviation businesses in Oklahoma win contracts with the Department of Defense (e.g., Tinker Air Force Base) and its prime contractors (e.g., Boeing and Northrop Grumman). Another webinar is planned for 10 a.m., March 27.
Event organizers said the purpose of the webinars is to generate awareness of the Center for Aerospace and Defense Supplier Quality (CADSQ), which has been housed in the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission since 2008. Read more.
OAC's Bird Speaks to Ag Aviation Group About New MET Tower Law - Jan. 20, 2015
A large contingent of crop-dusting aviators met this week in Midwest City as part of the Oklahoma Agriculture Aviation Association's (OAAA) annual conference, where they have been discussing topics germane to the industry.
Understanding the new emergency rules for anemometer towers, or simply MET towers, was one such topic that hit a cord with most attendees, especially after one of their own was killed in the Oklahoma Panhandle in 2013 when the aircraft he was piloting collided with a MET tower.
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Director Vic Bird spoke to the group, telling them that the emergency rules were now in place following Gov. Fallin's approval Dec. 17. He said the emergency rules came about after state lawmakers passed legislation last session designed to protect pilots of low-flying aircraft from improperly marked MET towers. Read more.
Aviation Events Calendar.
April 2, 2015
Oklahoma Pilots Association Dinner Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the C.E. Page Building at Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City .For more information, please contact Roger Walton at 405-219-5149 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 4, 2015
Pauls Valley Hamburger Lunch Fly-in will be held at Pauls Valley Municipal Airport. For more information call 405-238-7338 or e-mail email@example.com.
April 4, 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 5, 2015
Take to the Skies Airfest at will be held at Durant Regional Airport beginning at 10 a.m.
April 11, 2015
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.
April 11, 2015
Youth Aviation Adventure will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the Aviation Campus of Gordon Cooper Technology Center and Shawnee Regional Airport in Shawnee. During this free event for youth ages 12-18, students will get to experience several hands-on activities such as performing pre-flight checks, hearing how a helicopter flies and learning about high-paying aviation job opportunities. The Civil Air Patrol will also provide annual aviation training, while Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can earn their Aviation Merit Badges. Free breakfast and lunch included. Space is limited. For more information or to register, visit www.shawneeairport.com/youthaviation.
April 11, 2015
Oklahoma Pilots Association April Fly Away will be the Tenkiller Air Park Breakfast- Wild Onions and eggs. For more information, please contact Roger Walton at 405-219-5149 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 14-16, 2015
MRO America's 2015 will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Fla.
April 18, 2015
Alva Regional Airport Fly-in Breakfast will take place at Alva Regional Airport. For more information, please call (580) 327-6778 or e-mail email@example.com.
April 25, 2015
Enid Fly-in Breakfast will take place at Enid Woodring Regional Airport. Call 580-234-5476 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
April 25, 2015
The Thomas Air Show & Fly-In will take place at Thomas Municipal Airport beginning at 9 a.m. Come see amazing aerial performances, talk to the pilots, and explore aviation! For more information, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.airnav.com/airport/1O4.