Oregon Department of Aviation

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Oregon Department of Aviation
Official logo
Agency overview
Preceding agency
  • Oregon Division of Aeronautics
Jurisdiction Oregon
Headquarters Salem, Oregon
Employees 16
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Mitch Swecker [1], Director
Parent agency State Aviation Board
Website www.oregon.gov/Aviation

The Oregon Department of Aviation is an agency of the government of the U.S. state of Oregon chiefly responsible for matters relating to the continuing development of aviation as part of the state's transportation system, and the safety of its airways. In addition to operating the 28 airports owned by the State of Oregon, the department licenses more than 450 public or private airports, heliports and landing areas, and registers all pilots and non-military aircraft based within the state. Its activities include overseeing aviation system planning, providing administrative and technical support for community airport planning and development, administering an airport pavement maintenance program, providing small community aviation grants, and conducting aviation and public education programs.[3]


The agency's history dates back to 1921 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly created the Oregon State Board of Aeronautics, its predecessor, and the first governmental agency in the United States to regulate aircraft and pilots.[4] In the 1940s Aeronautics was given the responsibility to establish and maintain a program of Air Search and Rescue - Air SAR - following a private plane accident that killed Governor Earl Snell, Secretary of State Robert S. Farrell, Jr. and Senate President Marshall E. Cornett. The 1970s saw the establishment of the Oregon Department of Transportation ODOT; the Aeronautics Board was dissolved, and the Oregon Aeronautics Division was created within the new agency. In 1994, the responsibility of Air SAR was transferred to the Oregon State Police and the Office of Emergency Management. In 1999, the Oregon Legislative Assembly passed legislation granting Aeronautics independent agency status.[2]


The Nehalem Bay State Airport on a still morning.

The following airports are owned or operated by the Oregon Department of Aviation:

"*" = State Warning Airport

State Warning Airports[edit]

Of the 28 airports that ODA manages nine have been designated by the Department as Warning Airports. These airports have non-standard lengths or require special pilot knowledge prior to flying in. The Department encourages all aviators to contact them to receive a briefing on the airport's status prior to flying to these fields.

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