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Airport Master Plan Update

Arrow over houses

The Ohio State University Airport began updating its master plan fall, 2017 to identify current and future needs and gain consensus on investment priorities for the next 20 years.

The airport is one of the leading general aviation facilities in the nation.* With less than 30 university airports nationwide, including three owned by tier-1 research institutions, Ohio State Airport is considered one of the nation’s premier university-owned and operated facilities. This important teaching and research laboratory supports interdisciplinary learning, discovery and engagement. The airport is also an important contributor to the economic vitality of the central Ohio region by providing key services to Columbus area businesses.

The master plan will combine community engagement with the university’s strategic vision to formulate the blueprint for the airport’s long-term development. The Federal Aviation Administration will cover 90 percent of the nearly $873,000 study.

* The Federal Aviation Administration cited Ohio State Airport as one of 84 national priority general aviation airports in its General Aviation Airports: A National Asset, 2012 (



From engineering phases and public involvement meetings to final documents, here is an estimated timeline for the master plan update process. 

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