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2017 Aviation Anniversaries

2017: A Year of Two Anniversaries

For 100 years The Ohio State University has been providing collegiate aviation curriculum to students pursuing a wide range of careers in the industry. On May 21, 1917 the School of Aeronautics opened and welcomed 16 cadets from the U.S. War Department as students.  

Aviation students at Ohio State trained on and around main campus until the Board of Trustees purchased property in northwest Columbus in order to build an airport.  On November 5, 1942 the first airplane landed at The Ohio State University Airport.  

For more information on the history of aviation at The Ohio State University please visit the following websites:

This website will be updated as new events are planned, so please check back frequently.  

For more information about events during the upcoming year please contact Brian Strzempkowski 


Upcoming Events


  • 18: Aviation Speaker Series 
    • Jeff Hullinger, OSU Aviation Alumnus & former Marine One pilot
    • 11:00am - 12:00pm   Scott Labs E100


  • 15: Aviation Speaker Series
    • Neil Hathi, Regional Director, Network & Fleet Planning, Boeing Commercial Airplanes & OSU Alumnus
    • 9:00am-10:00am, Location TBD
  • 15: Aviation Industry Night 
    • 6:30-9:30pm   Blackwell Inn


  • 2-4: Exhibit at Women in Aviation, Intl. Conference 
  • 28: Aviation Speaker Series
    • Adam Decaire, OSU Aviation Alumnus & Senior VP Network Planning Southwest Airlines
    • 9:00am - 10:00am, Scott E100
  • 31: Aviation Speaker Series
    • Dr. Megan Ryerson, University of Pennsylvania


  • 7: Aviation Speaker Series
    • Mark Bury, OSU Alumnus & FAA Deputy Chief Counsel for Enforcement and Regulations
  • 17: Aviation Student Recognition & Awards Banquet 
    • 6:00pm - 9:00pm   Blackwell Inn


  • 9-14: National Intercollegiate Flight Assoc. SAFECON 
  • 21: Aviation Birthday Celebration 
    • OSU Main Campus
  • TBD: Aviation Speaker Series



  • 24-30: Exhibit at AirVenture Oshkosh 


  • 22: First day of Autumn Semester activities
    • OSU Main Campus


  • 2-4: Exhibit at Cleveland National Airshow 
    • Cleveland, OH
  • TBD: Aviation Speaker Series


  • TBD: Aviation Speaker Series


  • TBD: Aviation Speaker Series


  • TBD: Aviation Speaker Series