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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.

 

Important Notice!!

Permanent Rules for Anemometer Towers (MET Towers) Are Now Officially in Effect!

To access required forms and instructions, please  go to the  Anemometer Tower Permanent Rules webpage. [Click Here]

 


LATEST OAC & STATE AVIATION NEWS

Aeronautics Commission Extends Comment Period for Proposed Capital Improvement Program - April 20, 2016

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has extended the public comment period for its proposed three-year (FY2017-2019) Capital Improvement Program to May 9, 2016. Anyone wishing to submit comments electronically concerning the proposed CIP may do so by emailing Grayson Ardies. For those wishing to submit comments through regular mail, please address your comments to the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission at 110 N. Robinson Ave., Suite 200, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. The Commission will consider the proposed CIP during its next regularly scheduled meeting on May 12 at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in Oklahoma City. To view the proposed CIP, please click here.

 

Enid Woodring terminal buildingAirport Operators Name Enid’s Woodring Regional as Airport of the Year; Ohnesorge Tabbed Airport Manager of the Year - April 27, 2016

During their annual conference held recently in Norman, members of the Oklahoma Airport Operators Association named Woodring Regional Airport in Enid as the state’s top airport for 2016. Woodring Regional’s Dan Ohnesorge was also tabbed the 2016 airport manager of the year. Read more.

 

FlagmanAeronautics Commission Proposes Three-Year Construction Program Totaling $98 Million - April 25, 2016

More than $98 million in airport infrastructure projects are slated for the next several years as part of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission’s proposed airport Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for fiscal years 2017-2019.

"Companies that provide the majority of jobs in our state are using our airports and airways,” said Vic Bird, director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. “Developing our airports and keeping them well maintained is essential to ensuring that the needs of business and industry, as well as communities in which they are located, are met.” Read more.
 

ERDA luncheon speechDirector of Aeronautics Victor Bird Praises Enid's Commitment to its Airport During ERDA Speech - April 22, 2016

Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Director Victor Bird (pictured left) spoke to a group of city and business leaders during the Enid Regional Development Alliance quarterly luncheon at Oakwood  Country Club April 21. He praised local, state and federal officials for their partnership to fund and complete the runway extension in 2015. Read more.

OAOA Annual Meeting 2016Airport Operators Hold Annual Meeting in Norman - April 18, 2016

The biggest names in Oklahoma aviation are meeting today and tomorrow at the Postal Training Center in Norman at the Oklahoma Airport Operators Association (OAOA) annual conference.

Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Director Vic Bird opened the session with a state and federal update. The next two days will include presentations and roundtable discussions, including legislative activity in Washington, D.C., addressing FAA Reauthorization, air traffic control reorganization and how the pilot shortage is affecting air travel, the economy and smaller communities. Read more.

 

Tom StephensonLongtime Commissioner, Tom Stephenson, Passes Away at 79

Commissioner Tom Stephenson (pictured left) passed away on Saturday, April 9, in Oklahoma City. He was 79.

Tom was in his last official term on the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, serving as chairman over the last nine months. He had been a member of the Commission since 2004.

He was a partner in the law firm of Stephenson & Webber from 1991 through 2009 and was in private law practice until the time of his death. He served as a special judge in Oklahoma Municipal Court and as an adjunct professor in both political science and business at Oklahoma City Community College.

A former state representative who also was a private pilot, Tom served as Watonga’s city attorney and Blaine County’s assistant district attorney. He grew up in Wichita, Kansas, where he went on to play college baseball at Wichita University, and also served 7 years in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is survived by his wife, Mary. They were married for 56 years.

He was a strong advocate for aviation in Oklahoma and left an imprint on everyone he knew or met. His zeal and passion for life will be missed.

 

Kingfisher Municipal Open HouseKingfisher Holds Open House to Show Off Recent Airport Improvements - April 13, 2016

Just a few years ago, it was hard to recognize that Kingfisher had an airport. It was basically just a strip of grass about 2,500 feet in length that was mowed shorter than the other grass surrounding it.
Not a lot to shout about.

Then, a group of airport leaders and aviation enthusiasts started working tirelessly with local and state officials to construct a paved runway. Their efforts paid off.

Last Friday, there was an open house at the airport celebrating the 2,800-foot paved runway. Read more.

 

Austin Buchanan art 20162016 State Aviation Art Contest Winners Announced; Artists Recognized During Ceremony at State Capitol

In a ceremony at the state Capitol recently, the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission recognized nine students for their winning artwork as part of the Oklahoma 2016 International Aviation Art Contest.

The state-level Aviation Art Contest, sponsored by the Aeronautics Commission, encourages youth, 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 “Air Sports in Harmony With Nature.” Read more.


State Airports Serving to Fight Wildfires Across State - April 8, 2016

Aircraft used in battling wildfires throughout the state this spring season, most notably those used in this week’s massive wildfire that has scorched approximately 56,000 acres in Northwestern Oklahoma, are being based, maintained and fueled at several general aviation airports across the state.

State officials credited the airports’ modern and well-maintained infrastructure as one of the primary reasons firefighters have been able to combat or contain the wildfires. Read more.

 

Grove Airport Terminal BuildingGrove Airport Dedicates New, Modern Terminal Building; Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Grants $500,000 Toward Construction Costs - April 7, 2016

One of the first things you notice as you approach Grove Regional Airport’s new terminal building (pictured left) is its modern design. With a rooftop that looks more like a school house than an airport terminal, rest assured the ABCs of business aviation – Access, Business and Convenience – will be front and center for all to see.

Owners of the nearly 80 aircraft based at the airport, many of whom are local businesses, will no doubt enjoy what the new terminal offers. City officials and many well-wishers, including country music legend Roy Clark, gathered Tuesday inside the terminal and away from the gusty Oklahoma winds to show off their new facility in a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Read more.

 

Aviation Events Calendar..

April 2, 2016
Ponca City Aviation Booster Fly-In Breakfast will take place at the Ponca City Regional Airport. For more information, call 580-767-0470 or e-mail airport@poncacityok.gov.

April 2, 2016
Youth Aviation Adventure will be held at Shawnee Regional Airport from 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Organized by Gordon Cooper Technology Center Aviation Campus, this free event will provide students ages 12-18 with opportunities to learn many facets about the aviation industry, including how to perform a pre-flight check, learning about lift and aircraft control and how airports work, as well as learning about high-paying aviation career opportunities, and much more. A free breakfast and lunch is included. Visit  www.shawneeairport.com/youthaviation to pre-register. Hurry! Space is limited!

April 2, 2016
Oklahoma Pilots Association April Fly-Away will be at Stillwater Regional Airport for the OSU Flying Aggies 2nd Annual Fly-In. Wheels down  at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Keith Leafdale at 405.802.9594 or email leafdale2@att.net.

April 2, 2016
Pauls Valley Hamburger Lunch Fly-in will be held at Pauls Valley Municipal Airport. For more information call 405.238.7338 or email pvairport@suddenlinkmail.com.

April 5-7
The MRO Americas Conference will take place in Dallas, Texas. The conference brings together the world's leading maintenance, repair and overhaul companies, For 21 years, the commercial air transport maintenance, repair and overhaul community has recognized MRO Americas as the industry’s premiere event. The three day conference and exhibition provide top thought leadership and the ultimate networking venue. For more information, visit the MRO Americas website.

April 7, 2016 
Oklahoma Pilots Association Dinner Meeting will be held at 7 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 email rwxact@yahoo.com.

April 9, 2016
Ardmore Pancake Breakfast Fly-In will be held at Lakeland Aviation, located behind the control tower at Ardmore Municipal Airport. Coffee at 7 a.m.; breakfast from 8-10 a.m. For more information call (580) 388-5000 or email lakeland@brightok.net. Contact: Bill Holbrook.

April 16, 2016
Alva Pancake Breakfast Fly-In will take place at Alva Regional Airport from 8-10 a.m. For more information, please call (580) 327-6778 or e-mail alvaair@sbcglobal.net.

April 17-20
Oklahoma Airports Operators Association will hold its annual conference in Norman at the Marriott Conference Center at NCED. For more information or to register, visit www.okairports.com.

May 2-5, 2016
The Association for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems International will hold its annual conference Xponential 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information, please visit the AUVSI website.

May 7, 2016
Ponca City Aviation Booster Fly-In Breakfast will take place at the Ponca City Regional Airport. For more information, call 580-767-0470 or e-mail airport@poncacityok.gov.

May 7, 2016
Oklahoma Pilots Association May Fly-Away will be at Lakeview, Arkansas; Gaston’s Scenic & Historic Restaurant. Usually an overnight stay for OPA pilots. For more information, contact Keith Leafdale at 405.802.9594 or email leafdale2@att.net.

May 7, 2016
Pauls Valley Hamburger Lunch Fly-in will be held at Pauls Valley Municipal Airport. For more information call 405.238.7338 or email pvairport@suddenlinkmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Special Announcements

  • Oklahoma Forestry Services is advising operators of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones, to avoid flying near or over wildfires and putting fire suppression aircraft at risk. Due to wildfire conditions, Oklahoma Forestry Services currently has federal and Oklahoma Air National Guard aircraft and helicopters directly assigned to wildland fire suppression in the state. These aircraft fly low to the ground while dropping their loads of water and retardant, sometimes well below 200 feet. Drones can fly up to 400 feet, which allows for the potential of a plane colliding with a drone and causing potentially catastrophic damage to the plane. Because of the potential for collision, fire suppression aircraft are diverted away from fires if a drone is detected in the area. For additional information about wildfires, visit www.forestry.ok.gov/wildfire-information.
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