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The Oregon Department of Aviation office is next to the Salem Airport. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Oregon Department of Aviation office is next to the Salem Airport. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

Established in 1999, the Oregon Department of Aviation works to develop aviation as an integral part of Oregon’s transportation network, creating strategies to protect and improve Oregon’s aviation system, encouraging aviation related economic development, supporting aviation safety and education, and increasing commercial air service and general aviation in Oregon.

The department owns and operates 28 Oregon airports and annually licenses or registers more than 450 public or private airports, heliports and landing areas. It also registers pilots and non-military aircraft based in Oregon, oversees statewide aviation system planning and helps with community airport planning, administers a pavement maintenance program for airports around the state, administers the Statewide Capital Improvements Grant Program in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration and airport owners/sponsors for 55 federally funded airports, and conducts aviation safety and public education programs.

The seven-member State Aviation Board, appointed by the governor, works through the Oregon Department of Aviation to develop airports, state airways, aviation industry, and general aviation issues and interests in Oregon. The board provides direction and oversight to the department. Members are appointed with consideration given to geographic divisions within Oregon.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 3040 25th St. SE, Salem 97302-1125
Telephone: 503-378-4880
Fax: 503-373-1688
General E-mail:
Contact: Mitch Swecker, State Airports Manager
Administrative Rules Coordinator E-mail:
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

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

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (pdf) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (pdf) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog