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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

Youth Invited to Enter State’s 2015 Aviation Art Contest - Nov. 21, 2014

Art Contest brochure coverThe Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission is inviting Oklahoma’s youth from ages six to 17 to participate in the state’s 2015 International Aviation Art Contest. The theme for the 2015 art contest is “World Air Games.”

Artwork will be judged in three age groups or categories – Junior (ages 6-9), Intermediate (ages 10-13) and Senior (ages 14-17) – and will be based on originality, design and creative 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. Cash prizes are $200 for first, $150 for second and $100 for third.

Each piece of winning artwork will also be judged at the national level; and if they win there, they will then move on to the international competition. Read more.

Download a copy of the brochure, including rules and entry form.

 

Airports Share in $2.2 Million in State Grants for Infrastructure Projects - Nov. 14, 2014

Enid Woodring Regional Airport, along with airports in Grove and Elk City, have received Capital Improvement Program (CIP) grants totaling more than $2.2 million from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. The funds will be used for various infrastructure improvements.

“Local airports throughout our state are extremely important for the economy of those communities and to the regions in which they are located,” said Vic Bird, director of the Aeronautics Commission. “They play a significant role in helping local businesses that use those airports succeed. Their success translates into jobs for that area. So it is vital that their airports are safe, secure and accessible for the traveling public. And we are pleased that we can help them in that regard.” Read more.

 

STARBASE kidTulsa-Area Programs Awarded $76,000 for Aerospace & Aviation Education - Oct. 30, 2014

Four Tulsa-based organizations were recently awarded Aerospace and Aviation Education Program grants or contracts totaling more than $76,000 from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. The funds will be used to expose more school-aged children in the Tulsa area to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers, particularly those in aerospace and aviation.

Of the four Tulsa-area programs awarded either a grant or contract from the Aeronautics Commission, the largest amount for $30,000 went to STARBASE Oklahoma for their “Flying with STEM” Program.

STARBASE is a youth educational enrichment program originated by the National Guard Bureau in 1993 and is designed to expose at-risk youth in grades 5-8 to "hands-on, minds-on" STEM. Read more.
 

Sooner Flight AcademyOKC-Area Programs Awarded Nearly $120,000 for Aerospace & Aviation Education - Oct. 30, 2014

Nine programs around the Oklahoma City metro were recently awarded Aerospace and Aviation Education Program grants or contracts totaling nearly $120,000 from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. The funds will be used to expose more school-aged children in the Oklahoma City area to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers, in particular those in aerospace and aviation.

The largest education grant for $53,000 went to the University of Oklahoma Sooner Flight Academy Education Programs (See above photo). The funds will help fund their Aviation Science in the Classroom Program throughout the 2014-2015 school year as well as next summer’s Sooner Flight Academy Program. Read More.
 

Aeronautics Commission Awards $20,000 Grant to Southeastern for Aviation Science Camp - Oct. 30, 2014

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission recently approved a $20,000 Aerospace and Aviation Education Program grant for Southeastern Oklahoma State University for their Take Flight – Aviation Science Camp Program scheduled for June 2015.

University officials said the grant funds will be applied toward the housing of students on campus as well as meals, ASI Aircraft/facilities, transportation and supplies. Read more.

 

NASAO Education Award  2014Aeronautics Commission Nationally Recognized for Aviation
Education Excellence
- Oct.14, 2014

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission was recently recognized during a national aviation event for its efforts to expose more young people to careers in aviation or aerospace.

During the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) Annual Convention and Trade Show in Providence, R.I., the Aeronautics Commission was presented with NASAO’s 2014 “Aviation Education Program Award.” The award recognizes the efforts of state aviation agencies to educate and motivate the public with aviation-related education programs.

Vic Bird, who has served as director for the Aeronautics Commission for nearly 12 years, understands how critical it is to have a pipeline of qualified, skilled workers in the state to ensure the growth of Oklahoma’s aerospace industry, one of the state’s top economic engines. Read more.
 

 

 

Aviation Events Calendar.

December 6, 2014
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 airport@poncacityok.gov.

December 4, 2014
Oklahoma Pilots Association Christmas Party and  Meal 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
rwxact@yahoo.com.

December 6, 2014
Pauls Valley Hamburger Lunch Fly-in will be held at Pauls Valley Municipal Airport. For more information call 405-238-7338 or e-mail pvairport@suddenlinkmail.com.

December 6, 2014
Oklahoma Pilots Association December Fly Away will take place in Guthrie for the Victorian Walk. Dinner at Blue Belle Saloon Restaurant. Wheels down at 5:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Roger Walton at 405-219-5149 or e-mail
rwxact@yahoo.com.

December 13, 2014
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 lakeland@brightok.net. Contact: Bill Holbrook.

December 20, 2014
Alva Regional Airport Fly-in Breakfast will take place at Alva Regional Airport. For more information, please call (580) 327-6778 or e-mail alvaair@sbcglobal.net.

December 20, 2014
Tinker Business & Industrial Park Networking Luncheon will be held in the ACPC Conference Room beginning at 11:30 a.m. Special guest speaker will be Major Gen. Myles Deering. for more information, email janelle@tbip.net.

January 3, 2015
Oklahoma Pilots Association January Fly Away will take place in Ponca City at Enrique's Mexican Restaurant. Wheels down at 11 a.m. For more information, please contact Roger Walton at 405-219-5149 or e-mail
rwxact@yahoo.com.

January 3, 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 pvairport@suddenlinkmail.com.

January 8, 2015
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission January meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the first floor Commission Room at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in Oklahoma City. For additional information, contact Harve Allen at 1-405-604-6916 or hallen@oac.ok.gov.

 

 

 

 

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