OAA Joined AOPA, EAA, and ODOT for Aviation Day

September 19, 2018


OAA Joined AOPA, EAA, and ODOT for Aviation Day on September 18, 2018

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County Prosecutor Assistance Bill has been Signed!

August 31, 2018


Newly Enacted Bill Allows Airport and Port Authorities to Seek Legal Assistance from County Prosecutors

Earlier this month, Governor Kasich signed a priority bill for Ohio Aviation Association that would allow County Prosecutors to provide legal assistance to port and airport authorities. OAA has worked to enact this important legislation at the request of members who have previously received assistance from their county prosecutor or have an interest in obtaining assistance from their county prosecutor. A 2015 opinion issued by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine found that this practice was not allowed under the Ohio Revised Code and that a statutory change was required. House Bill 34, sponsored by State Representatives Steve Hambley (R-Medina) and Scott Ryan (R-Newark) was introduced last year; OAA worked to have this language added to the bill during Senate consideration last month.

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Meet OAA's Treasurer!

August 16, 2018

An accounting background, a love for aviation, and a love for public service give us one of OAA’s Officers. Meet Mr. Gary R. Folden!  Gary has served on the OAA Board of Directors for the last three years. He serves as both the OAA’s Treasurer and OAA’s Political Action Committee Treasurer as well. From Jefferson County Airport, he travels to all parts of the state supporting OAA and its mission. Read more about what the OAA means to Jefferson County Airport and what the OAA means to Gary personally.

What does the Ohio Aviation Association mean to your airport?

The Jefferson County Airport, located in eastern Ohio, is a small general aviation facility with limited financial resources and a mostly part-time staff. The OAA is a crucial tool in assisting with the development and management of the airport. Our Airport Authority Board relies heavily on the information that is disseminated by the OAA. The organization keeps us informed of current trends in aviation as well as providing vital updates from the FAA and ODOT Aviation Office. We have attended the annual conferences for many years to gather recent news and learn about developments in the industry. The resources available on the OAA website has been extremely useful and reduced the time and effort it takes to build a policy or create a document.

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2018 Gubernatorial Candidate Surveys

June 13, 2018

Last month, the Ohio Aviation Association sent major party candidates for Ohio Governor a brief survey to gauge their positions on aviation funding and policy issues.  Our goal was to provide our members with information regarding the aviation policy platforms for Gubernatorial candidates.  On May 8th, Ohio voters went to the polls to select candidates for office in the Primary. Former Ohio Attorney General and Consumer Finance Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray won the Democratic nomination while current Ohio Attorney General and former United States Senator Mike DeWine won the Republican nomination. Both candidates responded to OAA’s survey. Click below to read each item:

Cover Memo
Cordray Response
DeWine Response

A Message from Past President Tory Richardson

June 4, 2018



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Get to Know Your Past President: Greg Heaton

May 31, 2018

The Ohio Aviation Association has been around for several decades (originally known as the Ohio Airport Managers Association). Some of our Board Members have been around OAA for quite some time as well, adding value through “corporate memory” and consistency. One such Board Member, Mr. Greg Heaton, has been a driving force for several of the changes some might have witnessed over the last few years. Around Ohio since 2003, Greg Heaton serves as a Vice President for Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (CMT) in their Columbus Office. Greg immediately got involved with OAA upon moving to Ohio and has been a very active member ever since. Greg has served as President of OAA in 2015-2016 and again in 2016-2017. Greg also serves as the President of the Ohio Aviation Association Political Action Committee.

Here is what Greg said when I ask him about OAA:

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What does OAA mean to our Board Director and Conference Chair?

March 2, 2018


As the Executive Director of the Ohio Aviation Association, sometimes I get to spend a lot of time with my Directors. These last few months I have worked closely with OAA's Conference Committee to put together a great program for OAA members and non-members alike. This year’s Conference Committee Chair is Mr. Tom Mochty. He is a Senior VP at Woolpert, Inc. and he sits in Dayton, but you will find him all over Ohio and beyond.

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Passage of House Bill 370

February 14, 2018

Ohio Aviation Association Applauds Passage of House Bill 370

Bill Would Recognize Wright Brothers Flyer on State Seal of Ohio

COLUMBUS—The Ohio Aviation Association (OAA), the leading voice for Ohio’s airports, applauded the passage of House Bill 370 by the Ohio House of Representatives today. HB 370, sponsored by State Representative Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) would add a depiction of the Wright Flyer to the Ohio Coat of Arms and Great Seal

“As the birthplace of aviation, Ohio has a unique history that is part of our state identity,” said
Stacey Heaton, Executive Director of the Ohio Aviation Association Board of Directors. “As beneficiaries of the achievements of the Wright Brothers, our membership strongly supports House Bill 370.”

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Silent Auction Donations Are Arriving But We Still Need More!

January 26, 2018


We are excited to announce that we have received our first donations to the Norman J. Crabtree Memorial Scholarship silent auction, which will take place during the 2018 Annual Conference.  For more information on the scholarship, click here.  

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Keeping Up with the OAA!

January 19, 2018


Well, it is no Kardashian drama...but we at the Ohio Aviation Association do have a lot to keep you informed about! Get the word out that deadlines are drawing near!
  • Our Annual Conference is coming up quickly - April 10th and 11th at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris. Registration will open soon so block your calendar and plan for a great time to be had by all. Remember, you can use this conference for Continuing Education Credits for various professional organizations.  Amount of credits may vary.

  • We will announce the recipients of the Norman J. Crabtree Scholarship at the Annual Conference on April 10th. Spread the word that applications are due February 7. Click here for more information.

  • We will announce the recipients of the various OAA Awards at the Annual Conference on April 10th. OAA has 5 categories of awards available, including Airport Manager of the Year, Airport of the Year, Aviator of the Year Award, Airport Business of the Year, and Aviation Student of the Year. NOMINATE TODAY! Click here for more information. Deadline is February 15th!
Attention Business Partner Members!!  Face-time is the ultimate way to market your skills and abilities, but when you can't clone yourself, sponsor an event at this year's Annual Conference to get your name out there!  Click here for various sponsorship opportunities. Some are limited so get in now!

You should be cautious of "news" these days!

January 15, 2017


In a world where "fake" news seems to reign, caution seems prudent to an organization that posts recent news.  This was exactly the case when I received the email stating that Mr. Rick McQueen has announced his retirement from the Akron-Canton Airport after more than a third of a century. I immediately replied to the public relations person at CAK to indicate my disdain for such news. Sadly, it was true.

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Does your airport have a community event to promote?

January 8, 2018

The Ohio Aviation Association wants to help promote our member's aviation events. As a perk for members, we will post your airport/aviation community event on our website at no charge!  To take advantage of this benefit, just complete the online form, found here.  Not a member yet?  Read about our other benefits here and join today!

ODOT Seeking Comments on Current Aviation Rules

January 3, 2018


Are you interested in guiding Ohio's Rules regarding aviation? Here is one way to do it! Below is an outreach from ODOT seeking input BEFORE March 2, 2018. Click here for ODOT's copy of the current rules.

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December is General Aviation Appreciation Month

Updated January 2, 2018 - with additional proclamations!
Updated December 8, 2017 - with additional proclamations!
Original Date: December 1, 2017

All across the great State of Ohio, December is being recognized as General Aviation Appreciation Month. Just what does that mean?  It means:

  1. These communities recognize their airports play a critical role in the lives of its citizens, as well as in the operation of businesses and farms.
  2. These communities have a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, educational institutions, aviation organizations, community airports and airport operators.
  3. These communities recognize that general aviation airports in Ohio have a major economic impact on the state's economy as it supports thousands of jobs, hundreds-of-millions in annual payroll and contributes more than $1.8 billion to the state’s economy.
  4. These communities recognize that many in Ohio depend heavily on general aviation and community airports for the continued flow of commerce, tourists and visitors to our state.
These are the very same points that OAA shares time and again, on your behalf!  Here are just some of the communities that have pledged their support of General Aviation because they recognize its importance to Ohio!  

The State of Ohio
City of Akron
City of Canton
City of Cincinnati
City of Cleveland
City of Columbus
City of Dayton
City of Defiance
City of Dublin
City of Mansfield
City of Toledo
City of Youngstown
City of Zanesville

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What does OAA mean to you?

January 2, 2018


Periodically, we highlight a Board Member so you can get to know them better and hear, first hand, what OAA means to them.  Today, learn about Matt McVicker, Secretary of OAA. He also serves as the Chair of the Education Committee.

So, Matt, tell us what OAA means to you?...

"OAA has been a part of my professional life since I started in aviation in 2009. One of my mentors, a gentleman who proceeded me in managing 1G0 (Wood County Regional Airport), was involved in the organization and saw the value in being connected to the other folks advocating for growth and sustainability of the Ohio airport system. As someone rather green to the industry post-college, OAA provided me opportunities to learn and interact with other airport managers, aviation engineers, and regulatory representatives. I have come to learn that vigorous advocacy for airports is crucial, as their value is often overlooked or under-appreciated. As an OAA member and board of director, I feel the organization gives a collective voice to aviation professionals working hard to better their piece of the Ohio airport system."

Many other members have expressed similar sentiment that OAA is valuable to them both personally and professional (and we agree too!!).  But how about Findlay Airport? Can you tell us what OAA means to your airport?

"As an airport manager of a municipal airport, OAA has delivered tangible results through its legislative advocacy. The recent boost in funding at the state level, especially funds dedicated to alleviating half of the local match in Federal grants, has been a direct result of OAA’s efforts. This past Summer we completed a mill and overlay of one of our runways, a rather large capital project in way of local match commitment. With state funds now covering half of this commitment, our level of savings was significant and noticeable to our local stakeholders."

When not running his airport, or helping with OAA, you will find Matt spending time with his wife Haley and two children, Isla (3) and Killian (1), or renting an airplane for a $100 hamburger on the weekends (he is a private pilot!). Additionally, he supports other non-profit work as a board member of the Spring Green Educational Foundation and he supports curriculum objectives through industry input for BGSU Aviation Studies as President of the BGSU Aviation Studies Advisory Board.

Want to reach out to Matt to find out more or just say hello? Email him at [email protected]

OAA Cares About Ohio's Future Aviation Professionals

January 1, 2018

It is hard to gain real-world experience while in college; it is even harder to do so specifically in aviation...and in Ohio! We wanted to do our part to help the students (our future) find an internship opportunity.  Ohio Aviation Association now offers a webpage dedicated to posting of aviation internships around Ohio. Do you have an aviation internship you want to post?  Open to all businesses related to aviation.  And - there is no cost to post with us!  Click here to complete the form to post your aviation internship.

Students - check here frequently for new postings! 

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Help Sponsor A Student AND Reminder of Call for Nominations

December 21, 2017


We are in the midst of the holiday season and I hope everyone is enjoying a little R&R! While you are handing out gifts that bring joy to others, please consider another kind of gift...consider sponsoring a college student so they may attend the upcoming Annual Conference. For every $50 you sponsor, one college student can attend the upcoming Annual Conference at no cost. As this does not cover all the cost OAA will pick-up the rest. Help the future of Ohio aviation by investing in their education now!  Click here to complete an easy online form today!

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Ashtabula County Airport Authority Helping Remote Area Medical Clinic

December 14, 2017 


Another positive community impact by one of our members, the Ashtabula County Airport Authority.  Continue reading....

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Welcome Russell W. Mills, Ph. D., from BGSU to the Board of Directors!

December 13, 2017

At the Ohio Aviation Association's December board meeting, the Board of Directors unanimously voted to place Russell W. Mills, Ph.D., Associate Professor at BGSU, on the Board of Directors. He will be filling a vacated spot with a term ending in April 2019.  Russ received a B.A. in Political Science from Westminster College, a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. from Kent State University (with his Dissertation on the Use of Voluntary Reporting Programs by the Federal Aviation Administration).

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OAA Announces 2018 Support Opportunities and End of Membership Year

December 11, 2017

As the 2017 year comes to a close, it brings about the opportunity for you and your organization to consider how you can help support OAA in the upcoming 2018. We are really excited about our goals to help aviation in Ohio! 

Besides our goals, we are also excited about our Annual Conference which will be held April 10-11, 2018, at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris. This year's conference is titled: "Upping the Ante for Ohio Aviation!"  We have some new fun planned as well as great educational sessions. To find out more about our conference, visit our website. And while you are on our newly redesigned website, look around and tell us what you think! 

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