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Oklahoma has a legacy of aerospace innovation and success dating back more than 100 years, with pioneers like Wiley Post, who launched his career of exploring the limits of high-altitude, long-distance flight in our state. Today, some of the world’s most successful aerospace companies operate in Oklahoma. 

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Hopper Smith, Brigadier General, ARNG (Ret.)
Hopper Smith, Brigadier General, ARNG (Ret.)
State Director of Aerospace + Defense
Leshia Pearson
Leshia Pearson
Deputy Director, Oklahoma ACES

Premier Sponsor: OG&E

Saturday, July 30 at 12:00 p.m.
Pober Pixie Tent, EAA Grounds

Join the Oklahoma Department of Commerce,
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission and our
community partners for lunch during the 2022 EAA Airventure Fly-in.

Guest Speakers: Jim Inhofe, US Senator (OK) and Jack Pelton, EAA CEO

RSVP: Kathy Gain, kathy.gain@okcommerce.gov

HAI Heli 2023 Partner Directory

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OMADA International

John Paul Libby,
Director, Marketing and Business Development
OMADA International is a manufacturer of high-performance, metallic aerostructures for the defense and commercial markets. OMADA has 5-axis, precision machining capabilities for hard and soft metals, ranging from large, monolithic structures to small, ultra tight-tolerance components. OMADA also has advanced metal fabrication capabilities, including hot forming of titanium and Inconel sheet metal. OMADA is AS9100D certified and ITAR registered.
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De-Comp Composites, Inc.

Jim Simpson, Quality / Sales Manager
DE-COMP COMPOSITE, INC. is a rapidly growing distributor of all types of composite manufacturing support materials. The company handles products from several major manufacturers, these products include but are not limited to vacuum bag films; release films, and fabrics; adhesive and sealant tapes; autoclave valves and hoses; tooling resins, and tool support structures. The company’s complete product line is quite extensive and covers nearly all aspects of composite structure and tooling manufacturing. DE-COMP was established in June of 1987 and has been growing steadily ever since.

The company’s corporate office and main warehouse is located in Northeastern Oklahoma, 40 minutes from Tulsa.

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Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission

Sandra Shelton, Government Relations and Communications Manager

The Oklahoma Aeronautic Commission (OAC) promotes aviation, ensuring the needs of commerce and communities statewide are met by the 108 public airports that comprise the Oklahoma Airport System, thus ensuring the viability of the state’s aerospace industry. OAC is empowered and directed to encourage, foster, and assist in the development of aviation and aerospace in Oklahoma and to encourage the establishment of airports and air navigation facilities. Since FY 2001, the Commission has invested $274M in federal funds and $76.5M of the $94.5M it has received in state funds into airport infrastructure.

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Qualified Coating Services / CeralUSA, LLC

Qualified Coating Services, and its sister company CeralUSA,LLC, is an FAA and EASA approved manufacturer and applicator of low-chrome and chrome-free coatings. The company’s coatings are used primarily to prevent erosion and corrosion of critical aircraft engine components. Other industries, such as oil and gas and power generation use the company’s coatings for the same purposes. Coating materials may be purchased in bulk for local application or parts may be sent to its Oklahoma facility to take advantage of the coating facilities.

Monday, July 25 at 2:30 p.m.
Skyscape Theater – EAA Aviation Museum

Join the Oklahoma delegation for an exclusive
preview of this groundbreaking documentary
at EAA AirVenture.

“Inside the Sky” charts the history and growth of the Oklahoma Aerospace Industry, from wooden biplanes to the B2 bomber and the State Spaceport. This groundbreaking documentary was produced during the pandemic and shows the growth and adaptation of this incredible group of people and their aircraft during this time.

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