Having a career in the highly regulated field of aviation you know, first-hand, how state and federal laws and regulations can impact your work each and every day.  At the state level, OAA and its contracted lobbyists work to promote legislative proposals to improve the business climate for airports and the organizations that serve airports. We also work to oppose legislation that will burden the industry or denigrate airports' services and positive impacts on its communities. 

The Ohio Aviation Association vigorously advocates important issues year-round. We know you don't always have the time to speak your voice; that is what we are here for!  Your membership in OAA will help because legislators listen to what their constituents have to say.  More members mean a louder advocacy voice!

If you find yourself running up against an issue that is hampering the economic vitality of your airport or aviation organization, let us know! The OAA Advocacy Committee and the OAA Executive Office are always ready to assist you! Send your request to [email protected].

  • Read about OAA's current Public Policy speaking points, click here. 
  • For information on OAA's  Political Action Committee, click here.
  • Members can stay current with OAA's Legislative Update, provided by Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter, click here.

Read below for advocacy resources as well as updates on OAA's Annual Legislative Day.



Advocacy Resources

Finding yourself faced with a political issue?  It is not what you do every day; we get it. That is why you have OAA to advocate on your behalf.  But, if you want to help yourself, we offer the following resources to provide you with all of the information and materials you need to contact your policymakers and be successful in your own advocacy efforts.


Airport Infrastructure Funding: A Brief Summary

We get questions from officials all the time regarding airport funding. We know it can be a complicated discussion -- there are a lot of layers to explain for federal funding -- and then you have to explain why an airport or airport project may or may not be eligible!  To address the most common questions we receive, we decided to create a PowerPoint and turned it into a video.  We hope you find this useful and we always welcome your comments or feedback!

Created by Ohio Aviation Association, May 2021.  


Other Links of Interest



Update on Ohio Aviation Association's Annual Legislative Day

COVID has foiled our in-person 2020 and 2021 legislative days. In place of the all-day meetings at the Statehouse, OAA held over 30 virtual calls with key legislators. We look forward to our next in-person opportunity to hold this important event! Stay tuned!



Ohio Aviation Association's 2019 Legislative Day

We want to thank our members who wrote letters, met with legislators, and/or attended the reception on March 13th, 2019! We met with 30 legislators throughout the day and over 50 legislative offices joined us for our reception.  We had a special guest, Representative Rick Perales (District 73), say a few words at the reception. Representative Perales is the recipient of OAA's Legislator of the Year Award!  Aviation is lucky to have Rick in its corner.  

OAA also had the opportunity to testify before the State and Local Government Committee to support the addition of the iconic Wright Flyer to the State Seal. We hope you will join us in voicing support!  

Above: Amanda Wright Lane and OAA Executive Director Stacey Heaton pictured
in front of a mock-up of what the Seal would look like with the Wright Flyer
Above: A mix of Ohio Legislators and OAA Board Members with Representative Rick Perales holding his
Legislator of the Year Award presented by OAA Executive Director, Stacey Heaton



Ohio Aviation Association's 2018 Legislative Day

We want to thank our members who wrote letters, met with legislators, and/or attended the reception on May 16th! We met with over 25 legislators throughout the day and over 40 legislative offices joined us for our reception.  Check our Legislative Day page for 2019's details!

If you have a chance to reach out to your State Senator or Representative, make sure you help convey OAA’s current policy initiatives! Need some pointers on what to say? Reach out to us at [email protected]. Or click here to read more about our latest public policy agenda.