Ohio Aviation Association Annual Awards

The OAA Annual Awards honor Ohio aviation industry leaders who have made outstanding contributions to furthering the goals of aviation in Ohio. You are invited to nominate individuals or organizations in one or more of the categories listed below. Recipients are honored at the Annual Ohio Aviation Conference each year. Join us at our Annual Conference to see the winners!  Did you miss the 2020 winners?  Check them out here!

Submission Requirements

Any OAA member or organizational member in good standing may nominate an individual or an organization. To make the most of your nomination, provide a concise statement as to why your nominee should be recognized. Tell us how they exemplify the goals and ideals of the Ohio Aviation Association!  If your nominee is selected, we will need to work with you to obtain photos for the presentation of the award.  Nominations are only accepted via online submittals. Check back soon for nomination form availability and deadlines!

Award Categories

Below are the Annual Award categories.  Awards require a nomination and because of that, not all awards are presented each year.  Good luck!

Airport of the Year

Each year the OAA selects an airport that puts into practice the association's mission of promoting aviation by providing a medium for the exchange of ideas, methods, information, and experiences within its community and among other Ohio airports. This award is an acknowledgment of an airport that has made extraordinary accomplishments in moving its airport program forward and helping move Ohio aviation forward.

Airport Manager of the Year

This award honors an individual(s), who has demonstrated historical, sustainable and profound contributions to the aviation industry and a positive impact on the industry. This individual(s) has provided continuous support of OAA’s mission and goals, as well as the growth and development of the Ohio aviation industry.

Aviator of the Year Award

This award recognizes an individual within the industry who has been an outstanding spokesperson, educator, innovator and advocate for aviation in Ohio. Nominees have demonstrated their support through avenues such as research, business development, technical assistance, and/or community relations that have been pivotal to the aviation industry.

Airport Business of the Year

This award honors a business that has demonstrated support of OAA’s mission and goals and has made a significant impact on their community and workforce. 

Aviation Student of the Year

Ohio’s aviation industry success depends upon the engagement of its future leaders. This award recognizes an aviation student member for demonstrating leadership, service, and dedication to advancing their education in an aviation trade.