Master Plan

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. 




Master Plan Documents

To ensure your jurisdiction, agency or organization is as informed as possible, documents developed during the course of the Master Plan Study will be posted here. The draft documents are listed here by topic.

Report Cover

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Inventory of Existing Conditions

Chapter 2: Environmental Overview

Chapter 3: Aviation Activity Forecast

Chapter 4: Facility Requirements

Chapter 5: Alternatives

Chapter 6: Layout Plan Set

Chapter 7: Implementation/Feasibility

Appendix A: Glossary

Appendix B: Airport Obligations-Assurances

Appendix C: Airport Building Assessment

Appendix D: Non-Airport Building Assessment

Appendix E: Survey

Appendix F: Public Involvement Program

Appendix G: PCN Report

Appendix H: Noise Contours


Get Involved


To submit questions or comments regarding the draft plan, please email Adam Wolf, Airport Director, at Please put 'Master Plan Update' in the subject line.


Agendas, Meeting Summaries, and Presentations


To keep you involved in the process, details and materials for each public meeting will be posted here. Check back periodically for updates. 


Public Information Meeting 1
December 5, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 pm
The Ohio State University Airport
Hangar 1
2160 West Case Road
Columbus, OH 43235
Public Information Meeting 2
March 12, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 pm
The Ohio State University Airport
Austin E. Knowlton Executive Terminal & Aviation Learning Center
2160 West Case Road
Columbus, OH 43235


Keep up with the latest on the master plan through our two fact sheets (fact sheet 1 and fact sheet 2). Reports will be posted upon their completion. Check back in late Spring 2019 for the updated master plan.