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2023 ORAVI Summit 2023

2022 ORAVI Summit 2022

2020 Oregon Business Plan Summit Aviation Cluster  via Zoom

11/6/2019 ORAVI Summit 2019

9/26/2018  AUVSI Cascade Chapter Fall Symposium  Intel

10/10/2018 ORAVI Summit 2018  Columbia Aviation Association

9/17/2018 Oregon Transportation Forum
6/11/2018  Salem Commercial Air service - Salem Convention Center

6/21/2018  Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS workshop at OSU

Oregon Transportation Forum 5/31/2018

Oregon Business Plan 12/4/2017

Quarterly Meeting - John Day Tuesday July 11, 2017  

Annual Summit September 19, 2017 Tillamook Officers Club

Quarterly Meeting  Hillsboro Aviation  4/21/2017

April 6, 2017- AUVSI Cascade UAS conference  - Tacoma

April 17-18, 2017- Oregon Regional Commercial Air Service Roundtable

March 22, 2017- Columbia Corridor Association UAS presentation with AUVSI Cascade

Held March 3, 2017  35 attendees

ORAVI Quarterly Meeting
OregonTech Wilsonville campus
Friday, March 3, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm 

This first ORAVI quarterly meeting of 2017 will focus on workforce development and will feature presentations on the new Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) and STEM programs.

Snacks and beverages will be provided and there will be plenty of time for networking.  

If you are interested in Workforce Development and connecting with sources of trained technical people for your company, this is the event to attend.


MikeMyers   Mike Myers, Ph.D
Associate professor at OregonTech represents OIT on the team that is standing up the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC).  

The project is in collaboration with Portland State University, Oregon State University, Portland Community College and Boeing. 

This training and apprenticeship facility will be based in Scappoose Oregon.  Senator Betsy Johnson was instrumental in moving this program forward.  

The center is based on a successful model deployed by the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Sheffield, UK.  


Melissa Dubois   Melissa Dubois, Ph.D
Director of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership.
The South Metro-Salem STEM Hub is the operational backbone of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership (SMSP), a strategic partnership housed at the Oregon Institute of Technology and a designated Oregon Regional STEM Hub. 
SMSP is a collaborative effort of school districts, community colleges, universities, out-of-school programs and business and community partners that is focused on increasing student access and success in STEM fields.  SMSP Partnership
Cost is $10 for members, $25 for non-members
Oregon Institute of Technology
27500 SW Parkway Ave.
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Thank you.  If you are not an ORAVI member and wish to join with our 100+ aviation companies in Oregon please go to 


Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition Annual Meeting (PNDC) 11/9/2016

Oregon Transportation Forum (OTF) Annual Meeting 11/10/2016 OTF

Oregon Business Plan annual summit 12/5/2016

Attended (OEDA) annual conference 10/23-25/2016

 Attended Future Robotics Forum 10/19-21, 2016

ORAVI Summit 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
11:00 AM TO 6:00 PM
(includes lunch & social time) 
Columbia Aviation Association
Aurora State Airport KUAO
14323 Stenbock Way, N.E.
Aurora, OR 97002

The summit featured four major areas of interest 
  • HB2075 grant process for $20m over 6 years
  • Rural Air Service for Oregon communities
  • Capital Access to launch and grow aviation businesses
  • Networking, contacts, business connections.

11:00am 11:30 Check in 
11:30 12:30 Catered lunch 
1:00   Welcome and attendee introductions - Jake Jacobs
1:30 Senator Betsy Johnson   Keynote: Aviation in Oregon
Sen.Betsy Johnson
Working with the legislature. The history, the future, the role of aviation in Oregon's economy. $omething new in the air. Betsy knows aviation. She's former manager of Oregon Aeronautics, a pilot with 3500 hours and 5 terms in the Oregon legislature.

 Mitch Swecker, Director, Oregon Department of Aviation

Mitch Swecker
Mitch Swecker and Planning & Projects Manager Heather Peck
will discuss HB2075 and the grant request process for funding airport maintenance, emergency preparedness, rural air service and economic development. Learn if your organization qualifies, the details of the program and how to process a grant request. Mitch is a retired USN Captain with 3,800 hours.

 Senator Ted Ferrioli.  Senate Minority LeaderSen. Ted Ferrioli
Keynote - Travelling in rural Oregon

The urban divide.  Benefits of air service to rural Oregon communities. His district covers 36,000 square miles in eastern Oregon and his John Day office is a 5 hour drive from his Salem office.
Yes, he'd rather fly.


 Mark Gardiner  Oregon Dept of Aviation - Rural Air Service Mark Gardiner
Mark Gardiner is the retiring chair of the Oregon Department of Aviation board after 8 years of service.  Mark is a private pilot with multiple ratings and is a CEO of Western Financial Group and former CFO at City of Portland.  Mark will lead a panel of experts discussing rural air service plans, funding available, alternatives and targeted communities.  Panel includes:

Scott Brooksby, ORAVI rural air committee chair
Kent Craford, CEO of Alaska Seaplanes
Lance Vanderbeck, Airport Manager, Newport, OR KONP
Mitch Swecker, Director, Oregon Department of Aviation

 - 4:00 Break
                   30 minutes for networking and refreshments
4:00 Jon Damush, VP Insitu and successful entrepreneur
Jon Damush Keynote: Capital Access

The path of an entrepreneur. Connections to Capital. Jon has experience in launching companies and raising significant capital. How to start and grow regional aviation and UAS companies with the appropriate type of funding. Find it, secure it, launch it.  And is he a pilot, yes!

 Capital Access expert panel - John Damush, moderator

Jonathan Evans, CEO co-founder Skyward
John Desmond, Oregon Angel Fund
Diane Fraiman, Voyger Capital - Venture Investor
Amy Pearl, CEO, Hatch Oregon - Community Public Offering

Equity and debt funding. Seed funding, angel investors, venture capital, banks, strategic partnerships, M&A.  Sources for the capital needed to grow your company.

4:45 Karmen Fore, Governor's Senior Policy Advisor
Karmen Fore
As the Governor's Senior Policy Advisor for Transportation, Karmen will discuss the value of the aviation industry as a leading asset for transportation and economic development in Oregon.

 Social hour
Snacks, libations, networking, business connections and new friends




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Joint SOAR Oregon / ORAVI conference
UAS drones and their positive impact on Oregon's economy

Held Wednesday June 15, 2016

Survey Results 

Thanks to all 100+ who attended the June 15 conference.
For those unable to attend, here are copies of the session

 Download speaker audios
Download as mp3 files

 Stream audios from YouTube
Speakers Part 1
 Speakers Part 2 


2015 events

Oregon Business Council's Leadership Summit

Monday December 14, 2015

Link to Video and presentations


On Monday December 14, 2015 the Oregon Business Plan Leadership Summit will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. This yearly event draws 1,000+ attendees from business and government leadership across the state.  Final Agenda as of 12/10/2015

For more information and to  register for the Summit, go to

If you are planning to attend the Leadership Summit you'll have a choice of several breakfast breakout sessions presented by nine different cluster groups. 

The Aviation Industry Cluster Breakfast Breakout session is being presented by Oregon Aviation Industries (ORAVI)  from 7:30am - 8:30am  at the Oregon Convention Center

Come and hear about:
Rural Air Service
, Drones, Heavy lift helicopters, Kit planes.

The breakout speakers include:

Vans Aircraft
Synergy Air
Erickson Aviation
SOAR Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Aviation
Alaska Seaplanes
Sisters Eagle Airport
Rep. John Huffman
Sen. Betsy Johnson

For more information and to  register for the Summit, go to





ORAVI Annual Summit 2015
Tuesday September 15, 2015

This event has been held

110 attendees
 Columbia Aviation Association 

Aurora State Airport
14323 Stenbock Way, N.E.
Aurora, Oregon 97002

Fueled for Growth - Celebrate and Accelerate

House Bill 2075 was submitted by ORAVI in the 2015 Oregon Legislative Session and its successful passage is a major milestone for aviation in Oregon.

Over the next six years aviation fuel tax funds of twenty million dollars will become available for grant matches, economic development, rural air service and airport infrastructure development for airports and organizations that qualify under the terms of the legislation.

At Summit 2015 we will focus on the programs, priorities and processes that are being established to apply for funds.  And, to set realistic expectations for the possibility of qualifying to participate in this program.  This a meeting that aviation related businesses will definitely want to attend.

   11:00am   Check-in begins

   12:00pm   Noon networking lunch

Catered by Wooden Nickel                 Menu:

Rosemary Roasted Pork Loin Carved --or--
Baked Halibut topped with Hollandaise Sauce

-Hazelnut & Cranberry Rice Pilaf
-Vegetable Medley with Butter Sauce
-Spinach Salad with Dried Cranberries, Pecans, Fresh Mushrooms, Sliced Red Onions with House Dressings & Homestyle Croutons
-Baked Assorted Bread Basket with Butter
-Coffee & Water
-Angel Food Cake with Berries & Whipped Cream

    1:30 pm - State Legislator's Panel
  • Sen. Ted Ferrioli       District 30 John Day and much of eastern Oregon
  • Sen. Betsy Johnson   District 16 Scappoose and north coast
  • Sen. Fred Girod         District 9 Stayton Hubbard east of Salem
  • Rep. Julie Parrish     District 37 Tualatin / West Linn

    Panel Moderator
    Cam Preus, President 
    Blue Mountain Community College
    Serving Baker, Grant, Morrow, and Umatilla counties
    Offering courses in
    Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Systems & Precision Agriculture.
This panel of distinguished Oregon legislators will discuss the economic opportunities for aviation related businesses, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and rural air transportation in Oregon.

   2:15  - House Bill 2075 Aviation Funding HB2075
  • Mark Gardiner, Oregon Aviation Board Chairman
  • Mary Rosenblum, ORAVI Aviation Funding Committee Chair
                                 and Oregon Aviation Board Member
  • Heather Peck, Oregon Department of Aviation
                            Planning and Projects Manager

The panel will discuss the status of rule-making and initial information on the types of projects that may qualify, prioritization, and how the funding application process will be organized. This will be initial information, subject to change as the process continues.  Your inputs at the meeting will be appreciated.

   3:15  Break - Networking for 30 minutes

   3:45  Rural Air Service
            Lessons Learned & Future Possibilities

            Kent Craford, CEO Alaska Seaplanes & Redwood Airlines
                                   and former president of SeaPort Air

   4:15  Unmanned Aircraft Systems
            Drones, test zones, FAA, economic development and jobs potential
            Ann Schmierer, Ph.D  OSU Director of Industry Partnering
            Mark Peters, OSU International UAS Compliance Officer
            Brian Whiteside
, President, AUVSI/Cascade & CEO of VDOS Global

   4:30 - Closing Speaker
              Karmen Fore
, Governor's Office Transportation Policy Advisor 

   4:45 - Networking Reception
              Social time with beverages

The successful passage of HB 2075 fuels major positive progress for aviation businesses and airports all across Oregon, especially rural Oregon.  This meeting is your opportunity to become directly involved and to provide your inputs.


Jake Jacobs
Executive Director
Oregon Aviation Industries

   Summit Sponsors


Business Oregon



For those flying into KUAO,  CTAF is still 122.7

The tower will not go into operation until sometime in October 2015.  At that time:

ower frequency will be 120.35
round frequency will be 119.15

122.7 will continue to be monitored by tower controllers for several months after switchover to Class D airspace.

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