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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
 

Dan Stroud CloseAviation Community Mourns the Loss of Long-time Aviation Advocate Dan Stroud - June 6, 2014

Dan Stroud (pictured left), the voice of Oklahoma aviation for over a quarter of a century, passed away Thursday in Oklahoma City. He was 61.

Before his passing, Stroud had been serving as communications director for the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission since April and was in charge of all internal and external communications within the agency.

“The aviation community has lost one of its all-time greatest advocates and friends,” said Director of Aeronautics Vic Bird. “Dan was very talented and extremely knowledgeable on anything aviation, and was one of the most positive and upbeat people I have ever met. He loved making people smile. Even though he was with our agency for just a short while, he had already made quite an impact on the people here and helped us promote the aviation and aerospace industry. We will truly miss him.” Read more.
 

'Oklahoma Horizon' to Feature Upcoming Episode on State's Aviation and Aerospace Industry - June 6, 2014

OK Horizons ShowDirector of Aeronautics Victor Bird and OAC's Director of Communications Dan Stroud were in Stillwater recently to tape an episode of "Oklahoma Horizon" television program. During the taping, Bird (pictured right with program host Rob McClendon) discussed key matters involving the state's aviation and aerospace industry, while Stroud talked about the Star Spangled Salute Air Show scheduled for June 21-22 at Tinker Air Force Base. The air show, which is expected to draw an estimated crowd of 100,000 people, is sponsored in part by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission.

"Oklahoma Horizon," which airs weekly on OETA as well as various other channels such as RFD, Rural TV and Family Net, is a nationally televised program showcasing people, organizations, schools and businesses that contribute to our country's economic success and quality of life. The program is a production of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education. The episode featuring Bird and Stroud will air June 15 at 3 p.m. and then nearly 90 times over the next several weeks on OETA and the other aforementioned networks. For a complete listing of stations and air times for "Oklahoma Horizon," please visit their website. 

 

MET Tower exampleWind Evaluation Tower Bill Signed By Gov. Fallin - May 29, 2014

After a few weeks of nail-biting and some minor rewording, House Bill 3348 was finally sent to Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk, where she signed it Wednesday along with several others bills.

The new law will require towers used for measuring wind speed, as part of the wind power generation process, to be marked, painted and flagged for clear visibility if they are at least 50 feet tall.

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission would be responsible for promulgating the specific rules for these towers, including marking as well as notification requirements for building or removal of the towers. Read more.

 

James Grimsley speakingGroup Chooses State UAS Researcher and Advocate for Prestigious Award- May 23, 2014

The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI), a national organization devoted exclusively to advancing unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and robotics, recently named James Grimsley (pictured right), president and CEO of Norman, Okla.-based Design Intelligence Inc. LLC, its 2014 "Member of the Year" during the AUVSI annual conference in Orlando, Fla., last week.

According to AUVSI, Grimsley was recognized because of his tireless efforts in leading the charge to defeat legislation in 2013 and 2014 that could have crippled the UAS industry in Oklahoma, and for spearheading efforts to educate lawmakers and the general public about the positive benefits of UAS. Read more.
 

 

Derrick Schmidt Aviation Open HouseDerrick Schmidt Aviation Brings a New Look to South Grand Lake Regional Airport - May 20, 2014

Derrick Schmidt Aviation held an open house this past Saturday, and many of Oklahoma’s leading aviators and personalities showed up for the event.

Owner and founder Derrick Schmidt says his company specializes in the full line of Cessna jets, having worked with them for many years. He says he will be using his newly built hangar to clean, maintain and sell the aircraft. He will soon add a painting facility to his new building, which will allow him to be a full-service, one-stop Cessna Citation center, the only such center in far-northeastern Oklahoma.

Guests for the day included many local, state and national dignitaries, including Congressman Markwayne Mullin, who represents all of eastern Oklahoma; U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, who not only represents general aviation on the national level but is an owner and avid pilot himself; and Jack Pelton, current chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wisc.

 

Grove Terminal Building RenderingGrove to Build New Airport Terminal After Aeronautics Commission Approves $500,000 State Grant - May 14, 2014

During the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission’s meeting in Guthrie last week, commissioners approved a $500,000 state grant for the city of Grove to construct a new, $1 million terminal building at Grove Municipal Airport (artist's rendering pictured above).

The grant comes by way of the Commission’s airport Capital Improvement Program, a planning and programming guide that the agency uses to determine how certain airport infrastructure projects are funded. Read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aviation Events Calendar

July 12, 2014
Enid Woodring Regional Airport Open House
will be held at the airport in Enid. Commemorative Air Force A-26 Lady Liberty will be giving grand tours and rides during the Open House. Warbirds and experimental aircraft will be on display. The PT-19 from CAF Oklahoma City will be giving rides as well.Call 580-234-5476 or e-mail wdgairport@enid.org for more information.

July 12, 2014
Oklahoma Pilots Association July Fly Away will take place in Enid at Cafe' Garcia. Wheels down at 11 a.m. For more information, please contact Roger Walton at 405-219-5149 or e-mail rwxact@yahoo.com.

July 12, 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.

July 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 alvaair@sbcglobal.net.

July 26, 2014
Enid Fly-in Breakfast will take place at Enid Woodring Regional Airport. Call 580-234-5476 or e-mail wdgairport@enid.org for more information.

July 26, 2014
WWII Airborne Demonstration Team 2014 Open Hangar Day and Fly-in will be held at Frederick Regional Airport from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Historic military vehicles will be on display. In addition, instructors and students from the jump school will be on hand to demonstrate their equipment and answer questions about the team. A ride-along Airborne Experience will also be offered. Breakfast will be provided for fly-in participants. For more information, contact Sharon Bennett at 580-305-2289.

July 28-August 3, 2014
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will be held at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisc. For seven days from sunrise to well past sunset, your Oshkosh day is filled dazzling displays of aerobatics, informative programs and hands-on workshops, diverse aircraft spanning all eras of flight, concerts to keep you rockin’ into the night, and much, much more. For more information, visit http://www.eaa.org/en/airventure.

August 2, 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.

August 2, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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