Director's Desk

Grayson Ardies has been the Oklahoma State Director of Aeronautics since November 2020. The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission's mission is to promote aviation and aerospace, which includes fostering the growth of the aerospace industry and ensuring that the needs of commerce and communities across Oklahoma are met by the 108 public airports that comprise the state’s air transportation system.

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Empowered and directed to encourage, foster, and assist in the development of aviation and aerospace in this state and to encourage the establishment of airports and air navigation facilities, the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC) was formally created in 1963 by an act of the Oklahoma Legislature, succeeding the Oklahoma Aviation Commission. Since FY 2002, the Commission has invested $274 million in federal funds and $76.5 million of the $94.5 million it has received in state funds into airport infrastructure. OAC is funded by users of the Oklahoma Airport System and the Legislature through aircraft excise and aviation fuel taxes, aircraft registration fees, and appropriated funds. On average, 81% of funds received go directly back into airports.
At any given moment, there are about 61,000 people airborne over the mainland United States. At Chicago-O’Hare Airport, one of the world’s busiest, planes take off or land every 37 seconds. More than 29,000 flights operate from the U.S. alone every day.
UAS/Drones are indeed aircraft!