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On February 11th, the Oregon Department of Aviation will celebrate 100 years since it's founding as the first and oldest Aviation governmental department in the US!  
 
The attached proclamation by the Governor declares February 11th as "Oregon's Department of Aviation Day".  Get out and Fly (if it's not snowing).

Also attached is a flyer from the Oregon Aviation Historical Society.  They have mountains of history of the early days of Aviation in Oregon. In a normal year they hold pancake breakfasts during the summer, host several fly-ins, and have restored and are restoring several prominent early Oregon aircraft. If you have not visited their museum at Cottage Grove Airport, it is worth a visit once the pandemic ends.  

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​The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is conducting an aeronautical study for two proposed offshore wind turbine assembly cranes located in North Bend, Oregon. These proposed permanent cranes have a proposed  height of over 700’ MSL, and would be located approximately 4.3 miles south of the North Bend Airport. Comments are due by March 10th.

 
Please see the FAA Public Notice for Aeronautical Study Numbers: 2020-ANM-5729-OE; 2020-ANM-5730-OE.
 
Interested persons are invited to participate in the aeronautical study by submitting comments to the FAA at the address provided below or through the FAA’s electronic notification system.
 
All comments must be submitted to the FAA by the persons providing comment. The ODA cannot submit comments to the FAA for persons and will not accept comments pertaining to the FAA’s aeronautical study.
 
To be eligible for consideration, comments must be relevant to the effect the structure(s) would have on aviation, must provide sufficient detail to permit a clear understanding, must contain the aeronautical study numbers, and must be received by the FAA on or before 03/10/2021.
 
To provide comments by mail, send correspondence to the below address:
 
Mail Processing Center
Federal Aviation Administration
Southwest Regional Office
Obstruction Evaluation Group
10101 Hillwood Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76177
 
Comments provided through the FAA’s electronic notification system require registration with the FAA through the OE/AAA Login Page.
 
After completing FAA registration, locate the above provided FAA Aeronautical Study Numbers by selecting “Oregon” on the FAA’s View Circularized Cases webpage​.



Notice of Withdrawal

Draft Environmental Assessment
Aurora State Airport Obstruction Removal and North Run-up Apron Improvement Project

Draft Environmental Assessment was made available for public comment:
On July 6, 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA) announced the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) for the proposed Obstruction Removal and North Run-up Apron Improvement Projects at the Aurora State Airport in Aurora, Marion County, Oregon, for public review and comment. The Draft EA examined the potential environmental impacts of the proposed action to remove obstructions in the runway approach zone to ensure compliance with current FAA safety and operational standards for airport and the north run-up apron improvement project.

Public Involvement and comment:

The Draft EA was available for public review and comment for a 30-day period beginning on July 6, 2020, and ending on August 5, 2020. During the comment period, a number of comments were received regarding the Proposed Action from the Cities of Wilsonville and Aurora, airport users, hangar owners, and members of the public.

After review of the submitted comments and planning documents cited in the draft EA, the FAA has determined that obstruction removal remains justified based on an Airports Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) survey performed in 2016 that identified obstructions to the surrounding airspace at the Aurora State Airport. A new EA, based on the AGIS survey and information presented in the draft EA released in July 2020, will be prepared to examine potential environmental impacts associated with the obstruction removal. The new draft EA will be released to the public for comment. Improvements to the north apron, including a run-up area, will not be included in this effort until further planning has been completed to ensure the project is justified and alternatives have been examined.

The FAA is working with the sponsor to develop a scope of work for a Master Plan Update, which would include reviewing the need for the run-up area and runway extension; if these projects are considered justified and foreseeable, they would be subject to review under the National Environmental Policy Act.

​NOTICE OF A MEETING
FOR THE JOSEPH STATE AIRPORT
Airport Master Plan Project Public Meeting

 
Notice is hereby given that the Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA) will hold a Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) and Public Open House.
 
When: Thursday, February 25, 2021
            PAC Meeting from 2:30pm-4:00pm
            Open House from 4:00pm-5:00pm
Where: Webinar Only – Instructions and links to join on Project Website
 
This meeting will provide an opportunity for the PAC, community, neighbors, and other project stakeholders to review preliminary airport development concepts and provide valuable input.
 
The PAC Meeting and Open House are both open to the public , but only available online or over the phone. For meeting details and to RSVP please contact Samantha Peterson at speterson@centurywest.com 
 
For airport questions or project information, please contact Sarah Lucas, ODA Aviation Planner, through the following means:
 
                Phone:  503-378-2211
                Fax:  503-373-1688
Email: sarah.lucas@aviation.state.or.us 
Website: https://centurywest.com/joseph-state-airport-master-plan/​
 
Accessible Meeting Information
This meeting location is accessible. Special accommodations are available upon advance request. Please contact Sarah Lucas at least 48 hours prior to the event to discuss specific needs.



​In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon and  to protect our employees and the public, the OR Department of Aviation will be changing the way it provides services at its main office in Salem starting Monday March 23. The office will remain open (but with minimal staffing) and can be reached by phone during regular business hours, but in-person interactions between staff and the public will be by appointment only. For an appointment, please call 503.378.4880. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.​ 

​New Year's Day - January 1

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Day - January 18

President's Day - February 15

Memorial Day - May 31

Independence Day - July 5

Labor Day - September 6

Veterans Day - November 11​

Thanksgiving Day - November 25

Day after Thanksgiving - November 26

Christmas - December 24

​Please visit the following site for important information regarding the location of ODA's paper bid box: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORDOT/bulletins/2822707

The Port of Portland, owner and operator of Portland International Airport, has generously offered 30,000 fabric reusable face masks for use by  the Oregon Aviation community. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is assisting with the storage and coordination of the donated masks. If your organization (Airport, FBO, Tenant, Aviation Business, personal aviation use, etc.), is in need of masks (free of charge), please email John.Wilson@aviation.state.or.us or call the Oregon Department of Aviation at 503-378-4880. The masks come 5 to a package and 500 to a box. ODA is helping coordinate requests and shipment. This is on a first come, first serve basis until the supply is depleted. ​​

ODA State Owned Airports in the Cascade Mountain range are closed for snow during Winter Season from November 1 to May 1.

Those airports are: 

Santiam Junction (8S3) 

McKenzie Bridge (00S) 

Crescent Lake (5S2) 

Tokettee (3S6)​

​​Initial Drone Registrations About to Expire

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reminding everyone whose drone registrations expire in December that the DroneZone is the FAA's official website for registration.

If you completed your drone registration directly with the FAA before the DroneZone was established in January 2018, a DroneZone account was created for you using the information you provided. Access your account by entering the same email address you used when you first registered, and by using the “forgot password" tool to establish a new password.

If you registered using a third-party service, contact that company to request your DroneZone login credentials. Otherwise, you will have to create a new account in the DroneZone and get a new registration.

Registration on the DroneZone is fast and easy and the fee is only $5 for a three-year period. All drones must be registered, except those that weigh .55 pounds or less (less than 250 grams) and are flown exclusively under the Exception for Recreational Flyers (PDF). Please do your part to keep the skies safe and renew your registration today.​

On November 24, 2020, the FAA announced its most recent information regarding the Small Community Air Service Development Program. 


Please see the lenk here. 

https://www.transportation.gov/policy/aviation-policy/small-community-rural-air-service/SCASDP​ 

The Streaked Horned Lark (SHL) is currently considered a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Streaked Horned Lark population is centered in parts of the Willamette Valley and the Northern Oregon Coast. Their habitat includes areas which are classified as sparsely vegetated grasslands for nesting such as airports. Oregon Department of Aviation's (ODA) goal is to identify and protect nesting sites yet allow for airport projects to move forward to maintain the system of airports within Oregon. ODA is closely working with both the FAA and USFWS to identify habitat locations at the various airports throughout Oregon that have been identified as potential habitat.

Streak Horned Lark and Airports.pdfStreak Horned Lark and Airports
SHL Occupancy and Abundance Protocols.pdfSHL Occupancy and Abundance Protocols
SHL Special Rules.pdfSHL Special Rules

For information, please contact Jeff Caines, Aviation Planner at Oregon Department of Aviation at (503)378-2529.​​

For information on the on-going planning projects for the state owned airports, please click here​.  ​

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