2020 Annual Conference Details


"OAA 2020: A Flight Plan for Tomorrow!"

The 2020 Ohio Aviation Association Annual Conference will be bringing you news, know-how, and connections to aide Ohio airports in building a "Flight Plan for Tomorrow!"  From funding updates, legislative news, and topics to help manage today's airports, you won't want to miss the rescheduled 2020 conference!  Read below for all the details. Check back frequently as we add more speakers and events!

Dates: May 28-29, 2020 September 1-2, 2020

Marriott Columbus Northwest
5605 Blazer Parkway
Dublin, OH 43017


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Program Summary

We are very excited about this year's conference line-up! It is filled with topics that touch everyone!

General Timeline:

Monday, August 31st
Exhibitor Set-up 5 pm - 7 pm
Hospitality Function 7 pm

Tuesday, September 1 (Day 1)
Breakfast and Registration at 7 am and Conference Opening at 8 am
Day 1 last session ends around 5 pm followed by a Reception and the President's Awards Banquet
Evening entertainment will begin after the Banquet

Wednesday, September 2  (Day 2)
Breakfast and Registration will begin around 7:30 am with the first session beginning around 8:15 am
Conference closing remarks will occur around 2 pm.

Confirmed Speakers and Topics

Check back as we add more!

Federal Aviation Administration, Airports: Rebecca MacPherson (Great Lakes Region Regional Administrator), Jim Keefer (Deputy Director Airports Division, Great Lakes Region), and John Mayfield (Detroit ADO Manager)

Ohio Department of Transportation, Office of Aviation: Jim Bryant, Aviation Administrator
Transportation Security Administration: Donald Barker, Federal Security Director, Ohio
National Business Aviation Association: Paige Kroner, Regional Representative

Topics being presented:
  • Airport Emergency Planning for General Aviation Airports Panel
  • Ohio Aviation Association’s Legislative Update
  • Quantifying and Communicating the Economic Impact of Airports
  • Small Airports in the Age of Social Media: Communicating with the Tribe
  • Business Planning & Positioning your Airport for Growth
  • Tactical Excellence as a Strategy
  • Obstacle Identification and Management
  • I have Airport Obstructions! Now What Do I Do?! (Land Acquisition 101)
  • Piloting Your Way Through the Environmental Process
  • PFAS: Developing A Strategy for Your Airport’s Future
  • Wildlife Hazards at Airports: Tomorrow’s Problems Today
  • Putting the Design-Build Method to Work at Airports
  • Airport Pavement Maintenance: How and Why?
  • Advanced Geophysical Technologies: The MRIs of Subsurface Investigations
  • Developing Comprehensive Construction Safety and Phasing Plans
  • Unmanned Systems Coming to An Airport Near You (including how to use UAV to meet GIS requirements)
  • General Aviation Roundtable
  • Commercial Airport Roundtable


 Updated 5/1/2020

 Update 3/30/2020