Air Transportation & Aerospace Campus

The Air Transportation & Aerospace Campus is an important teaching and research laboratory, whose focal point, The Ohio State University Airport, is the nation’s premier university-owned and -operated airport, supporting interdisciplinary learning, discovery and engagement. This nearly 1,500-acre facility, located about eight miles off campus in northwest Columbus, consists of 350,000 square feet of office, classroom, simulation lab and hangar space; three runways and associated facilities; and 20+ university-owned aircraft, a variety of uncrewed aerial systems and multiple simulation platforms. Much of the land is available for the development of new office, R&D and hangar space.

Corporate Park Development

location of KOSU in the USA

Columbus, Ohio is one of the most dynamic and diverse metropolitan regions in the U.S. Centrally located, the region boasts the greatest market access of any major metro—with 46 percent of the U.S. population within a 10-hour drive. Five Fortune 500 and 15 Fortune 1000 companies call the area home.

As an important facet of the regional economy, KOSU has recently updated its master plan to include a 50-acre corporate air park. Build-to-suit private hangars with easy airfield access are already being constructed.

Manufacturing Opportunities

outline of KOSU runways and airfield structures

Planned runway enhancements at KOSU will provide industry partners and charter travelers with greater access to global destinations. Sites dedicated to aviation manufacturing and service providers are being identified for development on the airport’s campus.

KOSU provides easy access and attentive service to 200+ tenants and corporate partners. The regional economy is boosted from an estimated impact of $157 million in direct and indirect benefits.



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student with training aircraft

As one of three airports owned by top-tier research universities nationwide, KOSU supports the development of future aviation professionals in a variety of career paths. It is the primary teaching and research nucleus serving the university’s Center for Aviation Studies (CAS) and engages with other units throughout the university. Learn more about CAS: Information about Flight Education may be found here:


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Ohio State’s airport enhances the future of aviation by supporting research and development. Interdisciplinary projects span general aviation safety, experimental aircraft, aviation accident investigation, weather instrumentation, runway improvements and public safety training. The university’s world-renowned Aerospace Research Center (ARC) is located on the airport’s campus. ARC focuses the university’s aerospace activities to address current and future air transportation challenges. Learn more: