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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

The Oregon Department of Aviation works for the safe operation, economic growth and infrastructure improvement of aviation in Oregon. Its goals include developing aviation as an integral part of the state’s transportation network, including encouraging aviation-related economic development and increasing commercial and general air services. The agency was originally founded in 1921 as the Oregon State Board of Aeronautics—the first government aviation agency in the history of the United States.

The seven-member State Aviation Board, appointed by the governor, represents aviation interests from the public and private sectors. The 13 members of the agency’s staff conduct safety inspections and assist local governments with guidance, information and technical support with regard to airport ordinances, layout and land use laws, grant and entitlement programs, pavement maintenance and airport master plans. The agency owns and operates 28 state airports and registers all pilots and non-military aircraft based in Oregon.

In addition, the agency is committed to the development and realization of its strategic plan by addressing statewide aviation issues, participating in multi-model coordination, carefully coordinating and managing aviation-related legislation, and providing assistance to aviation constituents, airport owners and sponsors, and aviation system users throughout Oregon.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 3040 25th St. SE, Salem 97302-1125
Telephone: 503-378-4880
Fax: 503-373-1688
General Email:
Contact: Mitch Swecker, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email:
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