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What does OAA mean to you?

January 2, 2018


Periodically, we highlight a Board Member so you can get to know them better and hear, first hand, what OAA means to them.  Today, learn about Matt McVicker, Secretary of OAA. He also serves as the Chair of the Education Committee.

So, Matt, tell us what OAA means to you?...

"OAA has been a part of my professional life since I started in aviation in 2009. One of my mentors, a gentleman who proceeded me in managing 1G0 (Wood County Regional Airport), was involved in the organization and saw the value in being connected to the other folks advocating for growth and sustainability of the Ohio airport system. As someone rather green to the industry post-college, OAA provided me opportunities to learn and interact with other airport managers, aviation engineers, and regulatory representatives. I have come to learn that vigorous advocacy for airports is crucial, as their value is often overlooked or under-appreciated. As an OAA member and board of director, I feel the organization gives a collective voice to aviation professionals working hard to better their piece of the Ohio airport system."

Many other members have expressed similar sentiment that OAA is valuable to them both personally and professional (and we agree too!!).  But how about Findlay Airport? Can you tell us what OAA means to your airport?

"As an airport manager of a municipal airport, OAA has delivered tangible results through its legislative advocacy. The recent boost in funding at the state level, especially funds dedicated to alleviating half of the local match in Federal grants, has been a direct result of OAA’s efforts. This past Summer we completed a mill and overlay of one of our runways, a rather large capital project in way of local match commitment. With state funds now covering half of this commitment, our level of savings was significant and noticeable to our local stakeholders."

When not running his airport, or helping with OAA, you will find Matt spending time with his wife Haley and two children, Isla (3) and Killian (1), or renting an airplane for a $100 hamburger on the weekends (he is a private pilot!). Additionally, he supports other non-profit work as a board member of the Spring Green Educational Foundation and he supports curriculum objectives through industry input for BGSU Aviation Studies as President of the BGSU Aviation Studies Advisory Board.

Want to reach out to Matt to find out more or just say hello? Email him at [email protected]

OAA Cares About Ohio's Future Aviation Professionals

January 1, 2018

It is hard to gain real-world experience while in college; it is even harder to do so specifically in aviation...and in Ohio! We wanted to do our part to help the students (our future) find an internship opportunity.  Ohio Aviation Association now offers a webpage dedicated to posting of aviation internships around Ohio. Do you have an aviation internship you want to post?  Open to all businesses related to aviation.  And - there is no cost to post with us!  Click here to complete the form to post your aviation internship.

Students - check here frequently for new postings! 


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Help Sponsor A Student AND Reminder of Call for Nominations

December 21, 2017


We are in the midst of the holiday season and I hope everyone is enjoying a little R&R! While you are handing out gifts that bring joy to others, please consider another kind of gift...consider sponsoring a college student so they may attend the upcoming Annual Conference. For every $50 you sponsor, one college student can attend the upcoming Annual Conference at no cost. As this does not cover all the cost OAA will pick-up the rest. Help the future of Ohio aviation by investing in their education now!  Click here to complete an easy online form today!

On another note, do you know an awesome airport manager? A hard-working aviation student?  We are accepting nominations for the 2018 Annual Awards in the following categories:

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Ashtabula County Airport Authority Helping Remote Area Medical Clinic

December 14, 2017 


Another positive community impact by one of our members, the Ashtabula County Airport Authority.  Continue reading....

A Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic will be arriving April 20-22 at the Ashtabula Towne Square, offering free medical, dental and vision services to area residents.  Ashtabula’s Community Host Group Leadership Team for this event, which is comprised of area professionals, leaders and volunteers, is hosting Ohio’s first RAM Clinic in Ashtabula.The Ashtabula County Airport Authority board has offered to furnish water bottles and offered to accommodate any aircraft associated with the event.

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Welcome Russell W. Mills, Ph. D., from BGSU to the Board of Directors!

December 13, 2017

At the Ohio Aviation Association's December board meeting, the Board of Directors unanimously voted to place Russell W. Mills, Ph.D., Associate Professor at BGSU, on the Board of Directors. He will be filling a vacated spot with a term ending in April 2019.  Russ received a B.A. in Political Science from Westminster College, a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. from Kent State University (with his Dissertation on the Use of Voluntary Reporting Programs by the Federal Aviation Administration).

Russ has been an Associate Professor and Research Fellow for the Department of Aviation, Department of Political Science, and Center for Regional Development at BGSU since 2012.  While serving in that role, he also serves as the President of Keystone Aviation Consulting of Perrysburg, Ohio. Prior to 2012, he served as a Policy Analyst in the Office of Policy and Plans for the FAA and as an Air Service Development Consultant for Burlington International Airport (Vermont).

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Ohio Aviation Association Honors Elaine Roberts

December 7, 2017

At their monthly Board Meeting, the Ohio Aviation Association honored Elaine Roberts for her outstanding service to Ohio aviation. Her last day at the Columbus Regional Airport Authority will be December 15, 2017.  She will be greatly missed. Pictured below is Tory Richardson, OAA President and Columbus Regional Airport Authority Chief Strategy Officer, presenting a plaque to Elaine Roberts, Columbus Regional Airport Authority President and CEO.

Upcoming Ohio Aviation Association PAC Events

This month brings three opportunities to help support the OAA's Political Action Committee. Want to know more about OAA's PAC?  Go here for information.  Interested in joining us for an event? RSVP by following the desired link below!

December 7 @ Gordon Biersch Brewery
401 N. Front St.
Columbus, OH
5:30 - 7 pm

December 12 @ Fat Head's Brewery
24581 Lorain Road
N. Olmsted, OH
5:30 - 7 pm

December 13 @ Fleetwood's Tap Room
28 N. St. Clair St.
Toledo, OH
5:30 - 7 pm

John Glenn International Airport Announces New Airline Service


John Glenn Columbus International Announces New Airline Service

CMH announced today that Spirit Airlines will begin service at John Glenn International Feb. 15, 2018. Daily, nonstop destinations will be Las Vegas, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale. Seasonal destinations include New Orleans, Myrtle Beach, Tampa and Ft. Myers.

City of Springfield Holds Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate New Hangars at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport

Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate New Hangars at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport

SPRINGFIELD, OH - On Tuesday, Oct. 31, The City of Springfield, in conjunction with Clark State Community College held a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony to celebrate the addition of 10 new hangars to the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport, including Clark State's new hangar formally known as Ohio Center for Precision Agriculture. 

“The addition of the hangars allows the City of Springfield to bring in larger jets and increase traffic,” said Tom Franzen, assistant city manager and director of economic development. “We are excited about the possibilities to come and the economic activity that this will drive to our city.”

The cost of the additional hangars was $1.2 million, which was funded through a variety of sources, including $492,500 from Ohio’s capital budget process, $300,000 from the Springfield Port Authority, a reimbursement of $231,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration and $190,000 from the City of Springfield. 

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) industry was an area of focus for the new hangars.  One of the hangars is dedicated to Clark State Community College’s precision agriculture program. 

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Akron-Canton Airport Receives an AIA Design Award


Akron-Canton Airport Receives an AIA Design Award

The Akron-Canton Airport's ticketing area expansion has received the American Institute of Architecture Akron Chapter Design Awards Honorable Mention for new construction. According to an October 17th article on written by Ms. Megan Becka, the $2.7 million terminal expansion project was designed by North Canton-based Sol Harris/Day Architecture. The terminal project focuses on the ticketing area and features 1,800 square feet of circulation space, LED lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows.  The construction for the project is slated to begin in 2018.

"We are fortunate to have an award-winning, local design and architecture firm right here in our community,” said Rick McQueen, Akron-Canton Airport President and CEO. “The SōL Harris/Day team’s understanding of our travelers and the airport’s desire to enhance our passenger’s experience, helped create a new Customer-friendly space that we’re proud to have. Our partnership is a long-standing one that we look forward to continuing.”  Rick also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Aviation Association.

For more information, you can find the article here:

Northeast Ohio Regional Airport Gets Facelift


Northeast Ohio Regional Airport Gets Facelift

For more information, click here, which will direct you to Plane and Pilot's website for the full article found in the October 2017 issue.

Do you have news to share about your airport? Let us know at [email protected]!

More Details on DeFazio/Massie PFC Bill


More Details on DeFazio/Massie PFC Bill

March 2, 2017
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced a bipartisan bill to eliminate the federal cap on local PFCs. The two lawmakers unveiled the PFC legislation on the same day that airports executives testified before the House Aviation Subcommittee.

"If we want to restore our aging airports to their former glory - not to mention help them keep up with increasing demand - we must give them the tools to improve and expand their terminals, runways, and taxiways," DeFazio said. "The FAA is already hard at work modernizing the airways to increase airspace capacity, but airports need the runways, taxiways, and terminals to support all that traffic on the ground."

 H.R.1265, the Investing in America: Rebuilding America's Airport Infrastructure Act
 PFCs: H.R.1265 would eliminate the PFC cap and allow airports to impose PFCs of any amount. It also includes an airport-backed proposal to do away with the "significant contribution" requirement for large and medium hub airports. The FAA reauthorization bills that the Senate and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved last year both include similar provisions to eliminate the requirement.
 AIP: In exchange for an unlimited PFC, the DeFazio-Massie bill proposes to cut annual AIP funding from the current $3.35 billion to $2.95 billion through Fiscal Year 2021. And it would eliminate AIP entitlements for large hub airports that impose PFCs above $4.50. Under current law, large and medium hubs already turn back 75 percent of their entitlements for imposing a $4 or $4.50 PFC.

"Airports need flexibility and local control to finance major construction projects. This market-driven reform will help modernize our nation's airports and return power to local decision-makers," said Massie. "This legislation reduces airports' dependency on federal funds because some of the major airports will raise their PFC above the current cap of $4.50 and forego federal AIP grants."

The proposed $400 million cut and elimination of entitlements for large hub airports is similar to a bill that former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) and Rep. Massie proposed last year. The concept is also similar to an Obama Administration plan to raise the PFC cap to $8 and cut AIP by $450 million annually.

The new House bill would protect entitlements for smaller airports by reducing the AIP "trigger" from the current $3.2 billion level to $2.95 billion - the same amount as the overall funding level contained in the bill. Under that funding scenario, passenger entitlements would remain doubled, the minimum entitlement would remain at $1 million, and the non-primary entitlement would stay intact at $150,000.

Our Take: Airports would obviously prefer an unlimited PFC cap and an increase in AIP funding. But having the top Democrat on the Transportation Committee introduced a bipartisan bill to completely eliminate the PFC cap is a big development. The fact that Massie joined him to make it a bipartisan initiative should also help our efforts on Capitol Hill.

AAAE President and CEO Todd Hauptli yesterday commended both lawmakers for spearheading the PFC effort:
"We are gratified to see two leaders on opposite ends of the political spectrum stand up on a bipartisan basis to give local airport authorities the tools they need to address their pressing infrastructure investment needs through the elimination of the antiquated federal cap on local airport user fees," Hauptli said. "We believe strongly that this straightforward, bipartisan legislation offers a blueprint for expediting critical airport infrastructure improvements, and we thank Representatives DeFazio and Massie for their leadership and strong support for the nation's airports and the traveling public."

Request: We urge you to reach out to your own Representative and ask him or her to cosponsor the bipartisan DeFazio-Massie bill to eliminate the PFC cap. Doing away with the cap would provide airports with additional resources they need to finance critical infrastructure projects.