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​Aurora – Environmental Assessment Phase II  - Obstruction Removal Design and Survey (Schedule TBD & Upon Receipt of 2021 Grant)

Chiloquin – Obstruction Removal Phase II – Design & Survey  (Schedule TBD & Upon Receipt of 2021 FAA Grant)

Cottage Grove – Install Perimeter Fence (Phase II – Construction / Schedule TBD - Currently in Bidding Phase) 

Independence – Install Perimeter Fence (Phase II – Construction / Schedule TBD - Currently in Bidding Phase) 

Mulino – Obstruction Removal (Phase I – Design & Survey / Schedule TBD & Upon Receipt of FAA Grant)

Siletz Bay – Rehab Runway and Electrical (Phase I – Design - Schedule TBD & Upon Receipt of FAA Grant)

Aurora - Master Plan Update (Schedule TBD & Upon Receipt of 2021 Grant) ​


NOTICE OF A MEETING

FOR THE AURORA 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) meeting.

When: Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Online PAC Meeting from 3:00pm-5:00pm

Where: Zoom Webinar or Join by Phone

Please register for the online Zoom PAC meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0gAyj8zMSMmC-ErrQAH0hQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

This meeting will provide an opportunity for the PAC, community, neighbors, and other project stakeholders to learn about the Airport Master Plan project and the vision for the Airport over the next 20-years. Airport planning work products will be available on Century West's project website at: Aurora State Airport Master Plan (publicproject.net)

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

Accessible Meeting Information

Special accommodations are available upon advance request. Please contact Sarah Lucas at least 48 hours prior to the event to discuss specific needs.​


The ODA office is currently open by prior appointment only.  We will try to accommodate walk-in visitors if possible, but please be aware that the office is minimally staffed, as most of the staff continues to work remotely.  The target day for the full reopening of state offices is January 1st, 2022.  If you would like to visit in-person, please contact the staff member directly to schedule an appointment, or leave a message with our front office at 503-378-4880.

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.
On February 11th, 2021, the Oregon Department of Aviation celebrated 100 years since it's founding as the first and oldest Aviation governmental department in the US!  
 
The attached proclamation by the Governor has declared 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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OregonBuys is Live!

OregonBuys, the state of Oregon's new eProcurement system, is now live.  This system replaces the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN).

Oregon Buys is a full procure-to-pay eProcurement solution that automates procurement processes using web-based applications.  This technology-enabled solution allows the state to procure goods and services at the best value.

To receive orders from the Department of Aviation and other state agencies, you must register as a vendor in OregonBuys.  If you have not yet registered please visit the OregonBuys system page here​.  Registering in OregonBuys is free and only takes a few moments.

If you have any questions or need registration support, please reach out to OregonBuys at oregonbuys.support@oregon.gov.

 OregonBuys eNewsletters


The purpose of this survey was to collect the rates and charges currently in effect for all of Oregon's public-use airports, including those privately owned. Complied into one comprehensive document, the Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA) provides this resource to assist airport sponsors and operators with benchmarking, developing, and updating Rates and Charges for airports throught Oregon.

2021 Statewide Rates and Charges Report



​On August 24, 2021, the State Aviation Board authorized the ODA Director to petition the Supreme Court for review of a Court of Appeals decision related to the Aurora Airport. ODA and the Board believe a portion of the ruling related to EFU land is overly broad and would affect several airports throughout Oregon (not just the Aurora airport). That portion of the ruling would make it almost impossible for an airport to construct needed safety enhancements such as relocating a road that is too close to a runway at Hermiston, or extending the runway at Bend, or adding additional hangars at Independence. It also appears to supersede federal law, as well as impact the ability for ODA to coordinate with other state and local agencies on land use decisions, which is essential to fulfilling our core mission of ensuring a safe and efficient air transportation system. ODA and the Board appreciates the input received from stakeholders (including airport managers, pilots, and professional associations) in helping us to understand the impact this ruling will have on Oregon’s aviation system.  ​

​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

​​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 click here.


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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