Previous ORAVI Events

Annual Summit 2014

Thursday October 9, 2014
WAAAM at Hood River Airport

Agenda and details

120 attended


The ORAVI quarterly meeting was held at the Astoria Airport

- Economic Development Resources
 - Business Planning and Support  

Thursday, September 4, 2014
1:00pm - 5:00pm

  • Tour LEKTRO, Inc.
  • Expert Panel Discussion
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Coast Guard tour

Lektro, Inc.
Astoria Airport KAST
     1190 SE Flightline Drive
  Warrenton, OR 97146   

Snacks and beverages will be provided during the meeting.

1:00pm Arrival, sign in, name badges
1:30pm Tour of LEKTRO, Inc.
2:30pm Welcome & Introductions of attendees
3:00pm Panel of expert presentations.  
4:30pm Networking social and refreshments.
5:00pm Coast Guard hangar tour (for first 20 to sign up)

The panel will discuss local economic and business development successes and they will focus on resources that are available statewide that can assist aviation businesses with development and support.

Expert Panel Members

Kevin Leahy, Director
Clatsop County Economic Development
& Small Business Development Center
Michael Weston, Interim CEO
Port of Astoria / Airport 
Dennie Houle, Business Development Officer
Business Oregon Economic Development

Henry Balensifer, Manager
LEKTRO Communications/Government Relations 



Aviation Funding Committee - Meeting #2
Wednesday July 2, 2014
10:30am - Noon
Aurora Jet Center
14357 Keil Road NE
Aurora, OR 97002
Upper level conference room



June 17, 2014   10:30am - Noon

Airport funding committee meeting announcement:

Discussed potential funding opportunities

Members of the General Aviation community,

Aviation related businesses in Oregon cannot grow and expand without a sound aviation infrastructure. Oregon's GA system is at a crossroads.  Inadequate funding threatens to cripple our infrastructure as the Department of Aviation and municipal airport owners find themselves unable to meet the high cost of maintaining and improving our airports, and thus, businesses often consider locating elsewhere.

An Oregon Aviation Industries (ORAVI) committee will consider funding options at this committee meeting and create a strategy to promote achievable funding goals.

Come be part of this critical process, we need your insights and your contacts. GA cannot grow without a sound infrastructure, and how we fund our aviation system today will determine the face of GA in this state over the coming decades.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
10:30 AM 
Jet Center at the Aurora Airport UAO
14357 Keil Road NE
Aurora, OR 97002

If you're unable to join us in person, 
please participate by Conference Call:
Dial-in: 712-432-1212
Participant Code: 939-375-822

Thanks for coming. We're at a critical point for GA in Oregon, every year that we ignore this issue will make it more difficult to keep our system viable. We need to change our funding options now.

See you there and thanks for participating.
Mary Rosenblum

President Oregon Pilots Association
Oregon Aviation Industries Board member



Previous Events

ORAVI quarterly meeting   

Airport Funding
Airport / Community Relations

40 attendees

Held on Friday June 6, 2014   1:30pm - 5:30pm   
  • Tour Sisters Airport
  • Tour Energyneering Solutions   
  • Expert Panel Discussion  
  • Snacks and beverages 
Sisters Eagle Air
Sisters Oregon Airport 6K5
15820 Barclay Drive 
Sisters, OR 97759
Sisters Airport has made major improvements under new ownership.  They successfully received a Connect Oregon grant to make runway and parking improvements and to begin the infrastructure for an industrial park.

The airport was recently annexed by the City of Sisters, greatly strengthening the relationship between the airport, the City and the residents.

Aviation fuel tax in Oregon is not at parity with other states in the region. We'll discuss the positive impacts for aviation that would result from a couple cents per gallon increase.

Snacks and beverages will be provided during the meeting.

Tour of the airport and businesses   

2:30pm Introductions of attendees

3:00pm -4:30pm Panel of expert presentations.
4:30- 5:30pm Networking social and refreshments.
The panel will focus on the funding, expansion and community relationships of airports.

Expert panel members and topics
Benny Benson, President 
Energyneering Solutions, Inc. and airport owner.

Airport acquisition, funding, expansion

Hobbs Magaret, Manager 

Sisters Airport
Developing community relations and PR
Bob Noble, Manager
Redmond Airport KRDM
Airports as important community assets

Andrew Gorayeb, City Manager
City of Sisters Oregon 

Public / Private relationships
Mary Rosenblum, President 
Oregon Pilots Association

Keeping airports open and improved
and aviation fuel tax.

Roger Lee, Executive Director 
Economic Development Central Oregon EDCO 
 The importance of airports for economic development

Free for ORAVI members.  $25 for non-members





ORAVI Quarterly meeting
Held Tuesday, April 29, 2014
34 attendees

Location :
Synergy Air at the Eugene Airport
90451 Boeing Drive
Eugene, Oregon

The most dynamic growth element of private aviation is the sport plane and kit manufacturers and builders industry.

Oregon is a world leader and Synergy Air and Vans Aircraft are examples of economic development success, supply chain management, training and thousands of happy airborne pilots.

Attend this ORAVI quarterly member meeting and hear from the leaders who are propelling this industry forward. Online registration is required to attend.

Aviation knowledge, success ideas, marketing, business development, networking, refreshments, snacks and new connections are all available by signing up and joining us.

1:30pm--2:30pm Tour of the Synergy RV12 production and training facility.

2:30pm Introductions: Each member attendee has a 30 second slot to pitch their company.

3:00pm -4:30pm Panel of expert presentations with attendee interaction.

4:30- 5:30pm Networking social and refreshments

The panel will present the state of the industry and its positive economic development in sport and kit aircraft. Airframes, avionics, training, marketing, management, regulations.

Expert panel members and topics

Wally Anderson, President, Synergy Air
Open Source Management allows for rapid growth in aircraft manufacturing.

Gus Funnell, Vans Aircraft

Dynamics of the kit Plane industry and the RV story.

Steve Boulton Department Chairman of Lane Community College Aviation program
RV12s as excellent training aircraft.

Robert Hamilton, President Dynon Avionics
State of the art instrument panels for small aircraft

Lauren Loepp, UofO Marketing MBA
Market opportunities in the Light Sport aircraft category

Free for ORAVI members. $25 for non-members.

Aurora Control Tower Dedication
Columbia Aviation Association
Aurora Airport 10am
ORAVI board meeting  followed

Angel Oregon
Sentinel Hotel (formerly Governor Hotel)
ORAVI attended

Gorge Technology Alliance
UAS presentation

Oregon Economic Development Association

March 21, 2014 Oregon City, Oregon


Oregon Airport managers Association February 24-25, 2014

ORAVI board members co-hosted a reception for legislators on Monday 2/24/14 at 5:30 at the Salem Oregon Convention Center following the Oregon Airport Managers Association conference.

On Tuesday 2/25/14 ORAVI made a presentation to the Oregon Airport Managers Association conference. OAMA


Northwest Aviation Conference  

ORAVI board members & director attended

40 attendees

The ORAVI Workforce Development and Training

Location : 
Garmin Aviation Technologies at the Salem Airport

Garmin Contact Center
3990 Fairview Industrial Dr SE
Salem Airport
Salem, OR 97302

1:30 Garmin plant tour for the first 20 signups

2:30pm--4:00pm Workforce Development Panel of experts

The panel will present and discuss::
  • Available education programs
  • Career Readiness Certificate program
  • Respond to attendees topics and questions
  • Discuss additional training and workforce development that is desired by attendees from the aviation industry.

Expert panel members include
Agnes Balassa, Workforce Policy Advisor
Governor Kitzhaber's Office
Steve VanArsdale, General Manager
Garmin Aviation Technologies
Jon Stark, Manager
Redmond Economic Development, Inc. (REDI)
Jenifer Stevens, Campus Director
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Jon Hay, General Manager, 
Hillsboro Aviation, Inc.

Refreshment served






Aviation Summit 2013 Agenda

Held September 19, 2013 at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

1:00 Introduction and Moderator    Mark Gardiner, Chairman, Oregon Aviation Board
1:05 Welcome - Larry Wood, Executive Director of the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
1:10 – 1:30 Governor's Message
Goals for Oregon’s Future: Economy, Education, Aviation
Vincent Granato,
Chief Operating Officer, Port of Portland
1:30 – 1:40 Proclamation - Oregon Aviation Month
Vincent Granato,
& ODA Director Mitch Swecker
Selina Shilad,
Alliance for Aviation Across America

  Handout: “What you can do to educate your community to the importance of the local airport.” Joe Smith
1:40 - 2:00 Keynote 1: Eric Folkestad, President of the Cascade Chapter,
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
The Changing Face of Aviation in Oregon: UAV’s
2:00 - 2:20 Keynote 2: Kathryn Vernon, FAA Northwest Mountain Regional Administrator
Airports as local drivers of the economy: an FAA view
2:20 - 2:30 Next Gen: Teens Building Airplanes Two teenagers from the Airway Science for Kids Program. Paige Quintana and Justin Inman. Introducing them will be Johnell Bell, President, Airway Science for Kids.   
2:35 – 3:15 Panel 1 Capital, Entrepreneurial Funds, and Tech Support for Aviation
Moderator: Ernie Bootsma, Partner, Ater Wynne LLP.
Karen Goddin, Business, Innovation & Trade Managing Director, Business Oregon
John Desmond, Oregon Angel Fund & retired President Flight Dynamics, Inc. (Rockwell Collins)
Sam Brooks, S. Brooks & Associates, OAME Chairman
Gil Alvarez, VP Commercial Loans, Bank of the Cascades
3:15 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:00 From Red Tails to UAV’s
Ben Berry and Ben "Flaps" Berry
   (Watch Video)
4:00 – 4:40 Panel 2  Work Force, Education, & Training Issues for Aviation”
Moderator: Larry Altree
(PCC Rock Creek Aviation Science Dept. Chair)
Agnes Balassa, Workforce Policy Advisor, Governor’s Office
Max Lyons, President, Hillsboro Aviation
Jerry Bean, Central Oregon Community College
Paul Hudgens: Specialized Recruiting Group/Express Employment Professionals
Roberto Albertani PhD), OSU Facility & American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
4:40 – 4:50 Next Year- What should ORAVI do next? Web Site? Next Year’s Summit?
Aron Faegre
, ORAVI President
4:50 – 5:20 Closing “What can the State and Business Accomplish Together?”
Duncan Wyse, Oregon Business Council President.  And State of Oregon representative TBA.
5:30 – 7:00 Reception & Networking.  Aviation door prizes