About OAA

Below you will learn about our history, our strategic guidance, and our Constitution and ByLaws

OAA Then and Now

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.

Originally made up of only airports, Ohio Aviation Association is now comprised of:
  • airport management & staff
  • airport planners & engineers
  • aviation education institutions
  • direct service providers (FBO's, business partners, etc.)
  • flight & airport management students
  • aviation enthusiasts
This mix of members has allowed for robust conversations and continued understanding of many aviation issues facing Ohio!  With a great mix of aviation interests, it ensures OAA understands the issues impacting all sectors of aviation. This knowledge helps us to 1) plan for advocacy efforts, and 2) plan for great educational topics.

By the end of 2021, the OAA membership was made up of over 800 individuals from over 75 airports and educational institutions, and over 40 companies. Association activities are primarily supported through membership dues and the dedicated volunteerism of its members. 


Strategic Guidance

Through passionate strategic planning and member guidance, the current vision and mission are below: 

Our Vision

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 and state 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

Our Mission

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.


Ohio Aviation Association Constitution and Bylaws

Founded in October 1965 as the Ohio Airports Managers Association
Last Amended May 2, 2023

Click here for a PDF of the above document.