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
Aeronautics Commission Approves 3-Yr Capital Improvement Program of Nearly $60 Million - February 10, 2014
More than two dozen communities across the state will see an increase in construction activity at their local airports over the next several years as well as the jobs that come with such infrastructure work.
During its recent meeting in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission approved its three-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP targets 35 separate projects at 26 general aviation airports around the state, with construction costs ranging from $132,000 for a taxilane extension at Claremore Regional Airport to $5.85 million for a runway extension at Enid’s Woodring Regional Airport.
To view a copy of the FY2014-16 Airport CIP, please click here.
Aviation World Mourns the Passing of NASAO's 'Henry 0’ - Feb. 7, 2014
The aviation community is mourning the loss of an outstanding leader, friend and advocate.
Henry Ogrodzinski, who was known by his friends and colleagues as simply “Henry O”, passed away Jan. 22 after losing a two-year battle with cancer. He was 65.
For the last 18 years, Henry has served as president and CEO of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), an organization in Washington D.C., that represents state-government aviation professionals in all 50 states as well as Guam and Puerto Rico. Read more.
Request For Proposal to Operate, Develop Arrowhead Airport in Eastern Oklahoma Now Available - February 3, 2014
The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, along with the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department, has announced that a Request For Proposal for an entitly to manage and operate Arrowhead Airport in eastern Oklahoma is now avilable from the state Office of Management and Enterprise Services. To access the RFP online, please visit:
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
March 1, 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.
March 1, 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.
March 6, 2014
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.
March 8, 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 email@example.com. Contact: Bill Holbrook.
March 13, 2014
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission regularly scheduled meeting will be held at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in the first floor Commission Room. The meeting will convene at
10 am. For more information, visit www.aeronautics.ok.gov or contact Harve Allen at 405-6046916 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 15, 2014
Oklahoma Pilots Association March Fly Away will take place in Enid at Cafe' Garcia. Start time for the event is 11 a.m. For more information, please contact Roger Walton at 405-219-5149 or e-mail email@example.com.
March 15, 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