Air Sports & the Environment

The sense of liberty that pilots and skydivers feel when flying through the skies often comes hand-in-hand with a deep appreciation of the blue and green planet below. 

Youth Aviation Art Contest


Source: Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission News Release

The sense of liberty that pilots and skydivers feel when flying through the skies often comes hand-in-hand with a deep appreciation of the blue and green planet below. The beauty and fragility of our earth is simply more evident when viewed from above. Aviation has always been at the forefront of technology and over the generations, those involved in aeronautics have felt an ever-in- creasing pressure to protect our planet. Aviators, now and in the future, have a responsibility to push forward the limits of human innovation and imagination to harness cleaner energy and minimize the impact of air sports on the earth and its atmosphere. By letting your imagination fly, we want you, as a young artist, to explore the ways that air sports can interact harmoniously with our environment. Ask yourself, how can air sports help inspire others to protect our earth? Can you envisage how innovation and technology can use greener fuels to power aircraft? Can the natural wonders of the earth inspire the aviation of the future? How could aviation be involved in reducing, reusing and recycling? Artists often take the lead in imagining a brighter future. It’s time to take your favorite art materials and try to conjure up a vision of how air sports of the future can help to keep our planet safe for the generations to come.

Each student must complete an entry form and tape it to the back of their entry. All artwork must be original in nature, as designed and illustrated by the student, with no outside help.


Youths, ages 6 – 17, are encouraged to participate in the contest.

  • Group I — Junior Category (Born between Jan. 1, 2013 and December 31, 2016)
  • Group II — Intermediate Category (Born between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2012)
  • Group III — Senior Category (Born between Jan. 1, 2005 and Dec. 31, 2008)

All children in the age groups shown below are encouraged to participate in the contest, even if they are related to officials or employees of the FAI or any of its member organizations. Participation in the national contests is limited to residents of that country.

The required format is 11 3/4 X 16 1⁄2 inches or the nearest possible equivalent.
Artwork must not be framed or outlined with borders.

All artwork must be done by hand (or, in the case of handicapped children, by foot
or mouth). Any of the following media are permitted:

  • Watercolor
  • Acrylic
  • Oil paint
  • Indelible marker pens
  • Felt-tip pens
  • Soft ball-point pens
  • Indelible ink
  • Crayola/similar indelible medium

The following media are NOT permitted:

  • No pencil, charcoal or other non-permanent medium may be used.
  • No computer-generated artwork is permitted.
  • No collage work involving the use of photo copies is permitted.

The following details should be clearly shown on the back of art:

  • Title • Family name • Given name
  • Post address • Email address
  • Date of birth (Month/Day/Year)
  • Country of residence
  • Name and address of child’s school
  • Certificate of Authenticity

There is no need for a title on the poster and entrants can decide for themselves whether or not to include one; however, there should be a clearly recognizable link to the contest theme.

The deadline is January 10, 2023 to submit entries to:

Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
Attention: Aviation Art Contest
110 N Robinson, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102

Aviation Industry Facts:

The Oklahoma Aviation and Aerospace Industry produces just under $44 billion in annual economic activity, making it the second largest economic engine in our state. Three segments account for this total: Military aviation, $19.3 billion; off-airport aviation and aerospace businesses, $13.9 billion; and commercial and general aviation airports, $10.6 billion. Aviation & Aerospace supports 206,000 jobs totaling an $11.7 billion payroll. The average salary in the industry is $73,300, making it one of the highest average salaries in the state.

Header Artwork Source: Photo 164059582 © Strekalova |

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The Oklahoma Engineering Fair is held every year during Engineer’s Week, which is always in February. This year’s fair is scheduled for Thursday, February 23, 2023 at the Science Museum of Oklahoma. The fair is open to middle and high school students. More information will be available later this fall, so please check back. You can also email our director at Thank you! 

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