About Ohio Aviation Association
HISTORY: Founded in 1965 (originally as the Ohio Airport Manager's Association), the Ohio Aviation Association (OAA) is a non-profit corporation (501c 6) committed to airport development and safety in Ohio. OAA’s mission has been to promote aviation by providing a medium for the exchange of ideas, methods, information, and experiences; to foster public recognition and understanding of aviation in Ohio; to promote and encourage better relations between airports, users, and communities served; and to cooperate with all organizations working for the general advancement and benefit of aviation.
MEMBERSHIP: Membership, originally made up of only airports, is now comprised primarily of fixed base operators, airport sponsors, airport planners and engineers, pilots, and aviation enthusiasts. This mix of members has allowed for robust conversations and continued understanding for all aviation needs in the State of Ohio!
SUPPORT: Today, the OAA is made up of over 300 members from over 50 airports and educational institutions, and over 25 companies. Association activities are primarily supported through membership dues and the dedicated volunteerism of its members.
ORGANIZATION: OAA continues to move Ohio aviation forward through the outstanding volunteers serving on its Board of Directors. Bylaws outline the foundation of the association and its leadership CLICK HERE to download the current bylaws. OAA holds annual elections for Officer positions of the Board of Directors. These elections are held at the OAA Annual Meeting typically scheduled in the spring of each year. All members of the Association, in good standing, are entitled to vote at meetings of OAA.
Through strategic planning and member guidance, the current vision and mission are below:
The Ohio Aviation Association is the voice for airports that contribute to the economic vibrancy and well-being of Ohio, the birthplace of aviation.
To achieve this vision, OAA:
→Advocates on behalf of Ohio’s airports at the local, state and federal level
→Communicates the value and economic benefits of Ohio airports and aviation industry to members, legislators, the media and the public
→Educates through an annual conference, peer-to-peer mentoring and additional training/forums
→Engages members through regular communication, education and involvement in OAA activities
The Ohio Aviation Association promotes aviation by advocating on behalf of airports in Ohio, communicating the economic benefits of Ohio airports and the aviation industry, as well as educating and engaging its members and the public.
Board of Directors Particulars
The officers of the association, together with the two past presidents and nine directors, that are members in good standings, elected at large at the Annual Business Meeting of OAA, shall constitute the Board of Directors which shall conduct the business of OAA.
Directors shall be elected for 3-year terms, with terms staggered so that three Directors are elected each year.
The board currently meets monthly in Central Ohio on the first Thursday from 1 pm to 3 pm.
- Value and respect other board members and staff
- Implement decisions with consensus
- Focus on policy matters
- Participate in organizational direction decisions
- Understand organizational provisions – financial structure and operational foundations
- Value membership opinions, needs, and wants
- Serve with high ethical standards
- Contribute to the board’s and society’s success
- Celebrate success
- Be an active/involved board member
- Represent the association with integrity, commitment, and respect
- Attend and participate in board meetings. Plan your calendar in advance so that you can be present.
- Provide a written report in advance of the board meeting.
- Read the board packet in advance of the board meeting.
- Attend the annual conference.
- Coordinate (one) 1 project per year. This can include working as a liaison with a committee, implementing an ongoing project or working with a taskforce on a new project.
- Assist the Executive Committee as needed to accomplish their annual goals.
- Promptly renew membership each year.
- Agree to the terms provided in the Conflict of Interest, Whistleblower and Retention Policies.
- Familiarize and use as an ongoing reference the board-only portal and its contents.
- Assist with orienting and mentoring new board members.
- Leave/resign respectfully from the board if you find yourself in a situation where you cannot devote time and attention that the position and OAA deserves.
Interested in Volunteering?
If you are interested in volunteering on a committee or serving on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Aviation, please read through the responsibilities above and OAA bylaws, and complete the information using this online form - CLICK HERE
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