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
Spirit AeroSystems Opens New Office In Midwest City, Okla.
Spirit AeroSystems, the company tasked with building major airframe and engine sections for several Boeing aircraft destined for military use, has now opened an office in Midwest City.
The new offices will be part of the Tinker Business and Industrial Park (TBIP) east of Sooner Road.
Spirit's open house coincided with a luncheon meeting at TBIP, which featured such special guests as Midwest City Mayor Jack Fry; Craig Smith from Senator Tom Coburn’s office; Bob Broyles, director of contracting at the Air Force Sustainment Center; Steve Marcy from Lockheed/Martin; and including Col. Chuck DeBellevue, USAF (Ret), the only six-kill “ace” from the Vietnam War.
In 2005, the Boeing Company’s Wichita Division (including Tulsa and McAlester) was acquired by Onex and renamed Spirit AeroSystems. The Tulsa facility became the Aerostructures Business Unit. Spirit now builds major airframe parts for the P-8A, the 737NG version which will be replacing some of the Navy’s P-3 Orion aircraft, as well as large sections of the KC-46, the tanker version of the 767 airliner, plus the composite sections of the heavy-lifting Sikorsky CH-53K helicopter.
Airport Operators Conclude ‘Eye-Opening’ Convention - April 9, 2014
Just as Dorothy and her band of misfit friends reacted the first time they met the “Great Oz,” airport operators from all across the state of Oklahoma learned: “They’re not in Kansas anymore!”
For the last 28 years, the Oklahoma Airport Operators Association has been meeting at various locations around the state to sit down and listen to experts “de-mystify” each new regulation handed them on almost a monthly basis. And for some, flying monkees seem far easier to accept and understand.
This is why experts in many fields connected to aviation came to the Ardmore Convention Center April 7-9. This wonderful meeting location allowed aviation professionals to sit, learn and ask questions of such people as Glenn Boles, with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airports Development Office; Victor Bird, director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission; and Ron Sanders, with the FAA’s Flight Procedures Team. These experts joined numerous other aviation industry authorities in breaking down the newest rules, regulations and legislative action that affect this massive state industry as a whole. Read more.
2014 State Aviation Art Contest Winners Announced - April 1, 2014
Officials with the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission have announced the winners of Oklahoma’s 2014 International Aviation Art Contest. The students will be recognized for their artwork during an awards ceremony scheduled for April 22 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 “Flying Saves Lives.” Read more.
State Program Geared to Increase Defense Contracts Touts Success, New Website - December 17, 2013
Officials with the Center for Aerospace and Defense Supplier Quality, a state program aimed at increasing the number of federal contracts and subcontracts going to Oklahoma aerospace companies, and increasing the supplier base for the state’s military installations, are optimistic that the program’s new website will help generate more revenues for those companies, thereby creating even more aerospace jobs in 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
April 19, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
April 22, 2014
The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission will host the Oklahoma 2014 International Aviation Art Contest Awards Ceremony at 2 p.m. inside the Governor's Blue Room at the state Capitol. Eleven students from across the state will be recognized for their winning artwork in this year's competition. For more information, phone 405-604-6900 or e-mail email@example.com.
April 26, 2014
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.
May 1, 2014
Oklahoma Pilots Association Dinner Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. (social begins at 6:30 p.m.) in the C.E. Page Building at Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City.Speaker to be announced. For more information, please contact Roger Walton at 405-219-5149 or e-mail email@example.com.
May 3, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 3, 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 email@example.com.
May 8, 2014
The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission's May meeting will be held at Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport in Guthrie. The meeting will convene at
10 a.m. in the lobby of Crabtree Aviation. For more information, please contact Dan Stroud or Harve Allen or call 405-604-6900.
May 10, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact: Bill Holbrook.
May 10, 2014
Oklahoma Pilots Association May Fly Away will take place in Bartlesville at Woolaroc Museum. Wheels down at 11 a.m. For more information, please contact Roger Walton at 405-219-5149 or e-mail email@example.com.
May 17, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 5, 2014
Oklahoma Pilots Association Dinner Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. (social begins at 6:30 p.m.) in the C.E. Page Building at Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City.Guest speaker will be Major Gen. Joe H. Engle, USAF/Air National Guard, Ret.; NASA Astronaut, Ret. For more information, please contact Roger Walton at 405-219-5149 or e-mail email@example.com.
June 7, 2014
Oklahoma Pilots Association June Fly Away will take place in Pryor at Fanny's (Amish) Country Cooking. Wheels down at 10 a.m. For more information, please contact Roger Walton at 405-219-5149 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.