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The Ohio State University has played an integral part in advancing the aviation field since 1917, while evolving into one of the nation’s premier aviation programs. Discover more about Ohio State’s aviation history on our centerpiece timeline wall, take in the buzz of activity from our comfy observation deck, explore unique aviation artwork in our gallery, be inspired by our vintage Piper Cub J-3, snap a photo with Barnstormer Brutus Buckeye and enjoy free coffee and tea in our vibrant, new terminal.


Observation Deck window view and location
Lobby with scarlet and gray highlights, featuring a prominet subdued gray block O
Aviator Brutus close up
Yellow Piper Cub J-3 suspended from Observation Deck ceiling
Self-guided tour booklet with gray wall-mounted block O in the background
Wall timeline closeup
Pilot Shop apparel and toys for sale on shelves
Control tower sunrise
Sign that says: Aviation Artwork Collectoin Donated by Edward Pernotto

Plan your visit!

  • Location: The Ohio State University Airport 2160 West Case Road, Columbus, OH 43235
  • Hours of operation
  • Parking: Ample free parking is available in front of the airport terminal, with an adjacent overflow gravel lot. A circle driveway allows for easy drop-offs at the front door.
  • Aircraft arrival/departure schedule
  • Air traffic control tower feed
  • Facilities: Restrooms (including a family restroom) and optional private lactation room are accessible on the first floor of the terminal. An elevator is available to reach the second-floor NetJets Observation Deck.
  • Flight programs: Visit our Aviation Clubs webpage to click through club pages for various opportunities.

Self-guided tour of the Austin E. Knowlton Executive Terminal & Aviation Learning Center

Copies of this self-guided tour showcasing the artwork, history and educational features of the terminal are available in the NetJets Lobby and NetJets Observation Deck. Or, click below to take a virtual tour. Be sure to check the end of either the self-guided or virtual tours to access the link to watch a video of a pilot's view of a KOSU training flight!

Activity sheets

Airport scavenger hunt
Airport scavenger hunt
Print, then cut in half for two sheets
Coloring page activity sheet of a jet with contrails
Coloring page: Jet with contrails
Coloring page: Biplane with banner
Coloring page: Biplane with banner
Coloring page: Low wing propeller
Coloring page: Low wing propeller
Aviation alphabet
Aviation phonetic alphabet
Honey bees at the airport over view. Same content exists in the linked PDF.
Honey bees at KOSU

Don Scott Trot: 5K on the Runway

The Don Scott Trot: 5K on the Runway is a signature event at The Ohio State University Airport. Participants enjoy the annual opportunity to be on grounds typically reserved for aircraft. This special event fosters awareness, unity and community support of the airport. Read more about our 2023 event and view 2023 photos here. Check back for information about the 2024 race!

Youth Aviation Adventure educational outreach event
Young Eagles - free flights for kids!

Virtual flight


As part of a land-grant university and an important facet of the regional economy, The Ohio State University Airport welcomes the opportunity to present to your community or business group. Contact for details. 


Youth Aviation Adventure (YAA)

Youth Aviation Adventure (YAA) is a fast paced single day event, held at an airport near you, for kids age 12 to 18. At a YAA program you will visit 10 different stations to learn about different facets of aviation. Click the link above to find out the next date for a YAA program.

Young Eagles (EAA)

EAA Chapter 9, Inc. hosts youth-focused aviation events in central Ohio each summer. Young Eagles Rallies at The Ohio State University Airport allow youth to go on FREE introductory flights with pilots! For more information, click the link above.

Note: The YAA and EAA events are not hosted by The Ohio State University Airport.


ID tag of Aviator Brutus that says: Tag me on socials! #KOSUbrutus

Take a selfie with Aviator Brutus and post to social media with #KOSUbrutus!


Image of outdoor benches at KOSU

Picnic area

Picnic area highlighted: outside main entrance to the southwest