Oklahoma aviation and aerospace industry ascends to capitol during advocacy day – Theadanews

OKLAHOMA CITY – Although the 100-year-old building was undergoing a major renovation complete with construction workers and heavy equipment, and state lawmakers were experiencing possibly the most contentious session since statehood, the building and legislators came to a positive pause for a few hours to celebrate the robust aviation and aerospace community in Oklahoma. The morning of April 24 began with rolling carts, the clicking of dress shoes on stony marble and the chatter of excitement as over 60 statewide and national exhibitors made their own personal land run for a place on the fourth- and second-floor rotundas. 

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has for many years, more on than off, hosted an aviation and aerospace advocacy day at the State Capitol during the regular session of the Oklahoma State Legislature. The day was newly branded as “Aero Oklahoma” Aviation and Aerospace Advocacy Day. This year, the 10-person independent state agency, with no fear of construction or chaos, took on an innovative challenge expanding the program from one floor to four and tripling the number of exhibitors to 65, all while hosting a community-partner catered lunch that fed over 350 legislators, exhibitors and special guests. 

Simultaneously, two industry groups visited with over 30 legislators and the speaker of the House, advocating not only for aerospace company interests but also for the preservation and development of the state airport system.

The purpose of the event was, and in the future will be, to recognize Oklahoma’s aviation and aerospace industry as a vital economic engine for the state. As Oklahoma’s second largest industry, aviation has a significant impact on the lives of citizens. The event was a unique opportunity for Oklahoma military, aerospace companies, private and commercial pilots, airport managers, municipal officials, drone pilots, educators, flying clubs and the

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