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January 01, 2020

New year, new opportunities for aerospace

Ashley Glass – Account Executive

2019 was a great year for Oklahoma’s aerospace industry with many exciting updates throughout the year. Here are a few highlights from the past year in aerospace:

  • We celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 10.
  • Oklahoma Governor J. Kevin Stitt declared August as “Aviation and Aerospace Awareness Month.”
  • In October, the industry held the second annual Oklahoma Aerospace Forum with keynote speaker Max Ary, director of the Stafford Air and Space Musuem. More than 300 executives gathered to learn, network and discuss the future of aerospace in our state.
  • The third annual Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day event was a huge hit in November with a sold-out crowd of 500 professionals and students.
  • The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission approved a nearly $142 million five-year airport construction program with multiple grants contributed to local airports.
  • The Oklahoma Aerospace Commerce Economic Services (ACES) program celebrated the end of its first year after launching in November 2018.
  • Metro Technology Centers and Rose State College announced a partnership to create a pathway for students to continue their education in aerospace fields.
  • Kratos built the first Firejet tactical aerial drone in it’s brand new Oklahoma City facility.

These are only a few of the many accomplishments and thrilling updates to come out of the industry in 2019. As we begin 2020, the aerospace industry is already working towards filling its employee pipeline and providing more jobs to Oklahomans.

With recent layoffs in our energy sector, many individuals in engineering, mechanical or supply chain will be searching for a new job in the aerospace industry where more than 1,000 open positions are available.

Additionally, Oklahoma is working to find new ways to fill the open aerospace and aviation jobs while Sen. Inhofe is proposing legislation to modernize technical training for the aviation industry on a national level.

We look forward to seeing the new opportunities put forth by the more than 11,000 aerospace companies in our state in 2020.


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