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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.
 


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LATEST OAC & STATE AVIATION NEWS

Justin Heid head shotGuthrie-Edmond Airport's Heid Earns Accreditation Distinction - May 15, 2015

Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport Manager Justin Heid (pictured left) has earned a distinction not many airport executives across the U.S. acquire during their professional careers. The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) recently awarded Heid the distinction of Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.).

In order to garner such a prominent designation, Heid had to successfully complete three phases of the accreditation process, which included passing a nearly 200-question test, fulfill a writing requirement and finally facing a panel of other AAEs and demonstrating, among other things, his knowledge of airport management and business administration as well as general transportation economics.

According to a news release from AAAE, Heid's recent achievement "attests to his ability to meet these stringent requirements and his experience in managing a public airport."

Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport has seen marked growth and the completion of many projects since Heid's arrival four years ago, including experiencing more hangar development; updating or revitalizing its runway lighting and other navigation systems; improving taxiway pavements; installing additional water and sewer utilities; and renovating the airport terminal.

AAAE represents more than 5,000 airport executives nationally; however, fewer than 10 percent have earned the A.A.E. distinction. Heid is one of just a handful of airport managers in the state of Oklahoma who has achieved that status.

Congratulations, Justin!
 

Aeronautics Commission Accepting Comments for Proposed 
$55 Million Airport Capital Improvement Program for FY2016-2018
- May 15, 2015

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission will be accepting public comments for the next 30 days concerning the proposed Airport Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for fiscal years 2016-2018. Anyone wishing to provide comments may do so by contacting Grayson Ardies at 405.604.6903 or email gardies@oac.ok.gov. To view a draft of the proposed CIP, please click here.
 

Cheyenne Jones art 20152015 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 Municipal AirportMadill 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.
 

Bird-Lucero-OAOA2015Airport 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.

 

 

Aviation Events Calendar.

May 23, 2015 (NOTE: Moved to May 30)
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.

May 23-24
2015 Discover Aviation & Airshow Spectacular will be held at Sundance Airport in Yukon, Okla. Discover Aviation allows from the most novice students and  aeronautics nuts to aircraft fans the chance to meet career pilots, watch them in action and even take flights if the occasion warrants. During the daily airshows, spectators will also learn about the different careers in aviation, meet career pilots , visit the kids zone and enjoy culinary delights from local food vendors. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day; airshow begins at noon. The event and parking are free! Offsite parking with shuttle service at Francis Tuttle Technology Center. for more information, visit 
www.sund​anceairport.com​/discover-aviat​ion or phone 405.373.3886.

May 28, 2015
Claremore Chamber of Commerce Luncheon and Airport Open House will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Claremore Regional Airport inside the FBO hangar. Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Director Vic Bird will serve as guest speaker. For additional information, please  phone 918.341.2818 or visit chamber@claremore.org.

June 4, 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
rwxact@yahoo.com.

June 6, 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.

June 6, 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 airport@poncacityok.gov.

June 13, 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 lakeland@brightok.net. Contact: Bill Holbrook.

June 13, 2015
Oklahoma Pilots Association June Fly-In will take place at Hinton Airport (K2O8; Soaring Center ) beginning at 9:30 a.m. Beginning glider classes, and Intermediate glider classes will be conducted in the morning and again in the afternoon. Additional events after the seminar: Glider rides for a nominal fee. Airplane & glider spot landing contests. First place gets a free glider and/or airplane ride. Remember this is a day of safety activities. Pilots please review FAR 91 right of way rules, before flying to Hinton.The City of Hinton will offer all participants a FREE LUNCH. For more information, please contact Roger Walton at 405-219-5149 or e-mail
rwxact@yahoo.com.

June 20, 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 alvaair@sbcglobal.net.

June 20, 2015
Cookson Jubilee Pancake Breakfast will be held from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at Tenkiller Lake (K44M); Cookson. The Cookson Jubilee is held adjacent to the airport. It runs on Friday June 19 from 4-11p.m. and from 11a.m.-11p.m. on Saturday June 20. Craft booths, great food including BBQ, and a variety of live music available both days. Tent camping available on the airport with showers available in the FBO. Come for the breakfast and stay and enjoy the jubilee. Contact Val at veedster@aol.com or 918-457-4774 for additional information.

June 27, 2015
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.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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