New Board Members and Awards at the Annual Conference

April 18, 2019

The Ohio Aviation Association held its annual conference, themed “Building Something Better!” on April 9th and 10th. Our annual conference provides airports, and businesses that serve airports, the opportunity to learn about the latest trends of the airport and aviation industry, hear from Federal Aviation Administration and Ohio Department of Transportation officials and mingle with peers. Additionally, Mr. David Baker, President and CEO of the Pro-Football Hall of Fame and Ms. Shelly Simi, President and CEO of the National Association for State Aviation Officials, were special guest speakers.

"The 2019 Annual Conference provided great opportunities for education, sharing knowledge and networking," said Lance Wanamaker, President of the Board of Directors of the OAA. "Ohio has a strong group of airport professionals who help in ‘Building Something Better’ for the future of Ohio. We were very appreciative that Representative Rick Perales (District 73), Chair of the Ohio Aviation and Aerospace Technical Committee, joined us to speak to our members about the importance of airports and aviation for the State’s economy.”

OAA’s Annual Business Meeting, held Tuesday afternoon during the conference, presented its slate of officers as well as nominations for new Board members. This year we were pleased to welcome three directors-at-large:



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OAA Commends Governor DeWine

March 19, 2019

OHIO AVIATION ASSOCIATION COMMENDS THE GOVERNOR
FOR INCLUDING GENERAL AVIATION IN HIS BUDGET

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Aviation Association applauds Governor DeWine’s support for the continued investment in general aviation airports as noted in his recently released recommended budget for fiscal years 2020-2021. The recommended budget for Airport Improvements is approximately $5.9 million annually. The Ohio Aviation Association, and our members, are appreciative of Governor DeWine’s commitment to the State’s aviation infrastructure included in his first State budget.

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Rep. Rick Perales Receives Legislator of the Year Award!

February 27, 2019

 

The Ohio Aviation Association is proud to inaugurate the Legislator of the Year Award in 2019.

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December is General Aviation Appreciation Month

 
Updated December 24, 2018 
December 4, 2018
 

December is General Aviation Appreciation Month

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!  While there are several other States around the nation that designate a General Aviation Appreciation Month, Ohio's is December!  Here are just some of the communities that have pledged their support of General Aviation because they recognize its importance to Ohio!  Click on the links to see a PDF of their proclamation!
 

Membership Satisfaction Survey Results Are In!

November 8, 2018

Membership Satisfaction Survey Results Are In!



The 2018 Membership Satisfaction Survey results are in!  Here are a few takeaways for your information: 
  1. Top answers to “What would you tell a peer is the best benefit of belonging to OAA?”: Advocacy, Networking, and the Annual Conference.

  2. Top answers to “How do you prefer to meet/get to know other members?”: Conference, Networking Outside of the Conference, and Board Meetings/Committee Work.

  3. Top answers to “How can we help facilitate networking for members?”: At the Conference and After-Hours Events (not associated with the conference).

  4. Top answers to “What types of events would you like to see OAA offer in the future?”: Airport Management training Classes, Airport Tours for Members, and After-Hours Gatherings.

  5. Top Social Media Platform Used: Linked In, Facebook.

  6. How satisfied are you with your OAA membership? 92% are satisfied or very satisfied.

There were a few results that we will attempt to dive into over the next few weeks. One result, in particular, has our BOD attention: 23% of survey respondents indicated they least-liked the OAA Annual Awards. Unfortunately, no additional comments were provided to add clarification to this answer. But OAA will dig-in and find out exactly what our members are trying to tell us and seek to improve!

The OAA Board of Directors take these results to heart! We will work hard to integrate the suggestions and needs of our members!  Thanks again to all the members that took the time to complete our survey!

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

The Ohio Aviation Association was pleased to partner with AOPA, EAA, and ODOT Aviation to educate, communicate and advocate at the Statehouse.  With exhibit tables set up in the Rotunda and a lunch in the Atrium, AOPA, ODOT, and OAA helped to get the word out about aviation in the State of Ohio!  AOPA was able to get Cirrus to bring in an SR-22 for display outside the Statehouse for some excitement!  For a copy of the OAA presentation, click here.

Make sure to watch for the date of OAA's spring Legislative Day so you can plan to help!

Here are some photos for your enjoyment!



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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.

Generally, the bill allows port authorities, airport authorities, and regional planning commissions to seek legal assistance and representation from a county prosecutor. There are some key provisions that airports should keep in mind—

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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.

However, we consider the most vital role of the OAA is to work with the Ohio Legislature to improve the aviation environment in the State. The OAA can be considered a partner with the ODOT Aviation Office and has successfully worked to increase funding to airports through the State budget. The Jefferson County Airport has been the recipient of the State’s five (5%) matching funds for much-needed rehabilitation projects at the airport. Without the funding, the projects could have been jeopardized. Our board continues to rely heavily on the OAA to promote the need for aviation in our county and throughout the State.



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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


 A Message from Past President Tory Richardson



Dear OAA Members:

If your passion is to help the Ohio airport and aviation community shine, you may have already had a pang in your gut to help serve in some way.  Serving on the non-profit OAA Board is a fun and rewarding way to advocate for aviation in Ohio! As Board Members, we take our responsibilities seriously and are always looking for ways to engage and improve. If you are interested in serving on the Board with some of your colleagues from across the state, we encourage you to step up.

With the significant improvements in OAA over the past couple of years, we are pleased to find ourselves in the position of having several OAA members indicate the desire to be more involved with OAA by serving on the Board. With such great interest, we are requesting that each OAA member that is interested in becoming an OAA board member provide us with their resume as well as a brief expression of interest describing why they want to serve and how their service will help OAA promote aviation in the State.





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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:

What does OAA mean to You?

OAA is the collective strength and voice of Ohio airports and businesses that use/support airports. These airports provide safe, modern facilities that meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s flyers. OAA brings together the many stakeholders that form a team that makes the Ohio aviation system shine. I love being a part of this community which, together, raises airports to heights which cannot be achieved individually.

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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.

In one recent chat, I asked him what OAA means to him and Woolpert. Here is an insider’s look at our conversation…



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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.”

HB 370 would add a representation of the Wright Brothers’ first piloted aircraft to the State Seal and Coat of Arms. The Wright Flyer made its historic flight in December 1903, piloted by Wilbur Wright. The bill passed the House State and Local Government Committee unanimously last year. HB 370 is co-sponsored by both Republicans and Democrats comprising more than half of the members of the Ohio House of Representatives. The bill passed the House 89-3.



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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.  

The Ohio State University Airport has donated a “Go Bucks” package, which includes two tickets to the Ohio State – Rutgers football game on September 8, 2018, a behind-the-scenes tour of Ohio Stadium for up to 10 people (not the same day as the football game), and other items for the proud Buckeye fan.

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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.

She kindly replied, "I know, we are bummed to have him leave, he’s wonderful to work with! He has some pretty exciting ventures coming up though,...."

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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.

Dear Industry Stakeholder,
 
Per the five year rule review process, the Ohio Department of Transportation is reviewing Section 5501:1 of the Ohio Administrative Code regarding aviation. Rules currently under review are as follows: 5501:1-10-01 to -13 (Ohio Airport Protection Act).
 
Attached to this email is a copy of the current rules associated with this chapter. Existing language for ODOT’s rules governing OAC 5501:1-10 Aviation can also be viewed at the following link: http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/5501%3A1-10
 
The Department is seeking industry input as part of the rule review process to improve where possible. We ask that the attached Word document is used for tracking proposed text edits and that comments are included throughout. ODOT would like to receive comments and industry input over the coming weeks. Please feel free to call or email me at the below contact information.
 
Once this initial step is completed, Department staff will review and offer a proposed rule package based on the input received. This proposal will be circulated to industry stakeholders for an additional comment period before any rules are filed with the Common Sense Initiative (CSI) and the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR).
 
We look forward to hearing from you before March 2, 2018.
 
Thank you,
Meghan

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


 

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]