Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics Releases 2023 Annual Report

The Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics has released its FY2023 Annual Report highlighting its activities to help grow the state’s second largest industry, aviation and aerospace, in order to provide Oklahoma with the best possible economic foundation.

Grayson Ardies

In 2023, the agency experienced an incredible year for aviation and aerospace in Oklahoma as can be noted in this report. Grayson Ardies, Executive Director noted that during the Special Legislative Session in the fall of 2022 the Legislature and State Leaders approved what would end up being the largest single investment of funds in the history of the industry. “There was nearly $250M in total investment across two dozen different initiatives ranging from the Ardmore Air Cargo facility to the Tulsa International Airport Air Traffic Control Tower, MRO Hangar facilities at Will Rogers World Airport to a dedicated full-immersion aviation high school program for Norman Public Schools,” said Ardies. “These investments in aviation infrastructure, utility infrastructure, and aerospace workforce development opportunities will springboard the industry into the next decade.”

Ardies said they are proud of the agency’s accomplishments over the past 12 months and will continue to find new ways to make connections and impact within this amazing industry. “The Department goes beyond just the numbers though. It’s about the people, students, and companies that make up what we believe is the most exciting and critical industry to our state’s future,” said Ardies. “Whether it’s celebrating past histories and inspiring young women, bringing people and companies together for Aero Day at the Capitol where we advocate to our state’s leaders, or encouraging that young person to take the next step in their pathway to becoming an aerospace professional, it is all critical to continue the momentum that we have as the state’s fastest growing industry.”