Department of Aviation

Present Duties

Oregon Department of Aviation
The Oregon Department of Aviation office is next to the Salem Airport. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The mission of the Oregon Department of Aviation is to advocate for the safe operation of aviation in Oregon and the growth and economic development of airports and their communities. It is governed by a seven-member board of directors appointed by the governor and the staff size is 14 full-time eqivalent employees. The Aviation Board was formed in 1921, and it developed the system of airports in Oregon. It performed many of the functions that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does today. The board provides policy oversight for the agency and is the modal committee for the ConnectOregon program.

The department manages 28 state airports with approximately 300 lease or access agreements with tenants. It also registers airports, pilots and aircraft and is responsible for a Statewide Capital Improvement Program in coordination with the FAA and federally funded public use airports around the state. The state operates a Pavement Management Program for runways and taxiways that preserves the life of airport pavement and reduces maintenance and repair costs at 66 airports around the state.

The department is funded by Other Funds revenue. In 2015, the Legislature increased taxes on jet fuel and aviation gas which enables a grant assistance program for public use airports and provides funding for an FAA grant match, economic development, disaster resiliency and assistance for rural commercial air service.

Agency Website 

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 3040 25th St. SE, Salem 97302-1125
Telephone: 503-378-4880
Fax: 503-373-1688
Contact: Mitch Swecker, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: lauri.g.kunze@state.or.us 
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 835.100
Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency

State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
 
Title: Aeronautics Radio Show Story Records
Dates: 1949
Cubic Ft.: .05
 
Title: Aircraft Registration Records
Dates: 1926-1949
Cubic Ft.: 1