Representatives from the University of Oklahoma will join aviation and aerospace professionals for AERO Oklahoma Aviation & Aerospace Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Oklahoma State Capitol. The event is hosted by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission.
The OU Extended Campus College of Professional and Continuing Studies aviation program, along with the OU Gallogly College of Engineering school of aerospace and mechanical engineering, OU Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling (CASS), OU FAA Center for Excellence Office and OU Sooner Flight Academy will have booths set up at the free event. Booths will open at 10 a.m. in the capitol’s fourth floor rotunda.
“For the state of Oklahoma to celebrate an Aviation and Aerospace Day is part of the continuing conversation of ensuring our elected officials have an opportunity to see some of the educational opportunities found at OU..."
Gov. Mary Fallin will welcome guests at 10:30 a.m. with remarks about the economic impact of aviation in the state, followed by Lt. Gen. Lee Levy who will speak about the impact of military aviation in Oklahoma. Victor Bird, director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, will conclude the day with remarks at 1:45 p.m.
The advocacy event is an opportunity for members of Oklahoma’s aviation and aerospace industry to meet one-on-one with state legislators and other elected officials to remind them of Oklahoma’s strong aviation heritage and show them firsthand how the industry continues to solidify our state as a worldwide leader in aviation, aerospace and defense.
“For the state of Oklahoma to celebrate an Aviation and Aerospace Day is part of the continuing conversation of ensuring our elected officials have an opportunity to see some of the educational opportunities found at OU, but also some of the cutting-edge research happening with or facilitated by OU faculty and facilities,” said OU Director of Aviation Ken Carson. “Aviation and Aerospace careers are outstanding careers, and the groups participating from OU are always willing to showcase our outstanding programs and research.”
As Oklahoma’s second largest industry, aviation and aerospace produces just under $44 billion in annual economic activity. The industry 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.