In July, the Oklahoma team, led by Governor Stitt, had a full slate of appointments with major aerospace companies, in addition to numerous discussions with aerospace, aviation and defense companies.
At the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow, Oklahoma led its largest-ever delegation of company and community partners. Together, the Oklahoma team met with more than 70 industry executives about what makes the state a hub for aerospace operations and training.
“We have a very rich legacy of aerospace in the state of Oklahoma,” said Geoff Camp, State Director of Aerospace & Defense. “Events like Farnborough and AirVenture give us a platform to promote not only our legacy, but the many ways we’re leading the pack when it comes to R&D, training, UAVs, MRO and more.”
The following week, the Oklahoma team landed in Oshkosh, Wis., for EAA AirVenture. This event is a great opportunity for the state to showcase its impressive training programs. Oklahoma is ranked #1 in the U.S. for high schools teaching aviation curriculum. During the upcoming school year, 57 schools in Oklahoma will be teaching the AOPA High School Aviation STEM curriculum.
“I want to make Oklahoma a Top Ten state in every category and I am so proud that Oklahoma is ranked first in the nation for high schools teaching the AOPA curriculum,” said Governor Kevin Stitt. “Thanks to innovative leadership and the work of Oklahoma Aeronautics, we are helping young people find a passion for aviation and aerospace. As a pilot, I am excited to see what the future brings for the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission and the aerospace industry in our state.”