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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. 

Meet the Oklahoma Team

Oklahoma is committed to helping your company achieve success in our state. The Oklahoma Team offers the highest quality, one-stop professional assistance to make that happen.

Hopper Smith, Brigadier General, ARNG (Ret.)
Hopper Smith, Brigadier General, ARNG (Ret.)
Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for Aerospace + Defense
Leshia Pearson
Director of Aerospace + Defense
Brent Wright
Brent Wright, Brigadier General, USAF (Ret.)
Strategic Advisor, Aerospace + Defense
Leshia Pearson
Deputy Director of Aerospace + Defense

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Friday, July 26 at noon
Pober Pixie Tent, EAA Grounds

Join the Oklahoma Department of Commerce,
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission and our
community partners for lunch during the 2024 EAA Airventure Fly-in.

RSVP: Brooke Woods, brooke.woods@okcommerce.gov

Oshkosh 2024 Partner Directory

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Ada Jobs Foundation

Daniel Castaneda, Economic Development Specialist

Through strategic partnerships with local government offices, businesses, investors, and non-profits, we deliver a suite of services designed to enhance and expand the economic footprint of Ada, Oklahoma. Our comprehensive support spans multiple areas, including rural innovation, local business growth, and community development.

By focusing on key industries such as manufacturing, IT, healthcare, and STEM-related jobs, we are committed to fostering a dynamic and resilient local economy. By leveraging the strengths of our key industries, we aim to attract new businesses and talent to our city, creating a hub of innovation and excellence.

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Ardmore Development Authority

Andrea Anderson, Vice President of Economic Development

Ardmore is the place where a passion for aviation meets true Southern hospitality with two airports to meet your needs.

The Ardmore Industrial Airpark is home to Ardmore Municipal Airport (KADM). The Airport features two runways (9,002 feet and 5,400 feet), a federal contract Air Traffic Control Tower, multiple instrument approaches, and thousands of square feet of apron space. The Airpark has been recognized as an up-and-coming multi-modal destination.

Nestled neatly on the southern end of the city, Ardmore Downtown Executive Airport (1F0) boasts a 5,000-foot runway, two instrument approaches, a massive apron area, and friendly FBO staff.

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Mint Turbines LLC

David Norton, Vice President & General Manager
Mint Turbines LLC in Stroud, Oklahoma specializes in the maintenance and repair of aircraft turbine engines. We are an FAA-authorized and EASA-approved facility for maintenance, repair, test and overhaul of the Honeywell T53 (commercial and military), Pratt & Whitney PT6A and PT6T series and General Electric restricted category T700 series engines. Since 1981, our reputation has been built on superior customer service and support.
Oklahoma Department of Aerospace & Aeronautics

Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics

Sandra Shelton, Director of Government Affairs, Industry Development and Communications

The Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics serves as the lead government agency to support, promote, and advocate for the state’s second largest industry, aviation and aerospace. This includes providing funding, planning, programming and engineering expertise for Oklahoma’s airports and aviation infrastructure as well as ensuring the viability of the aerospace industry.

The agency is responsible for the administration and/or coordination of a statewide system of airports, cooperating with and assisting local, state, and federal authorities in the development of aviation infrastructure and facilities. Also housing the UAS/AAM Program Office established by the Oklahoma legislature in 2021.

Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma Aerospace Institute for Research and Education (OAIRE)

Victoria Natalie, Director of Strategic Innovation 

Oklahoma’s central location and outstanding flying weather are ideal for Aerospace and Unmanned activities. Our mix or terrain and testing capacity, premier university system and innovative companies is perfect for UAS research and development and manufacturing. The low cost of doing business, skilled workforce and incentives make it the perfect place to grow your business.

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Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust

Daniel Regan, Director of Real Estate and Business Development

Tulsa International Airport (TUL) is the hub of aerospace activity in Northeast Oklahoma. With 700+ acres of developable real estate, the airport is a prime location for businesses looking to relocate and expand. TUL’s central location in the Midwest is easily accessible by a multi-modal transportation network. With a total of 4,000 acres and 14,000 on-airport employees, it’s clear that TUL is the region’s core of aerospace activity, and an ideal location for your future business operations.

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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