That’s Impressive: OK’s aviation and aerospace economic engine
OKLAHOMA — As Oklahoma diversified its aviation and aerospace sector to more than 500 companies today, even the smallest businesses have grown and prospered here. An insightful overview by The Oklahoman reports these examples:
- El Reno’s Cimarron Aircraft Corp. painted planes for actor John Travolta and O.J. Simpson’s attorney Johnnie Cochran.
- Chickasha’s Dusters & Sprayers Supply Inc., is the world’s only remaining supplier of Stearman vintage biplane parts.
- Ada’s GAMI (General Aviation Modifications Inc.) develops fuel injectors for nearly all engines in the current Continental and Lycoming fleet.
The 120,000 jobs contributed directly by aerospace and aviation statewide – including big companies like Boeing, NORDAM aerospace component manufacturing and repair, Spirit AeroSystems and AAR Corp. aviation support company – also includes hundreds of companies that employ as few as seven to 100, the article says.
Representing roughly 8 percent of Oklahoma’s economy, the impact is $12.5 billion a year and 200,000 additional indirect jobs.
Check out these aviation/aerospace industry fast facts from Oklahoma’s Aeronautics Commission:
- Generates more than 120,000 jobs, including 26,000 at Tinker Air Force Base and 6,000 at American Airlines Maintenance and Engineering Base in Tulsa, respectively the world’s largest military and commercial aircraft repair facilities, and 7,000 at the FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center.
- Average annual salary is nearly $63,000. Accounts for more than 6 percent of the state’s economy.
- Generates $27 billion in sales annually and has an economic impact of $12.5 billion annually.
- Oklahoma has 137 public-use airports and ranks among the top 10 states nationally in number of airports per capita.
- Oklahoma has more than 3,900 actively flying general aviation aircraft and nearly 7,900 pilots.
- Oklahoma is the Department of Homeland Security’s selected site for its small UAS (unmanned aerial systems) Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety program that supports first responders.
- Oklahoma State University offers the only UAS master’s and doctorate programs in the nation.
- University of Oklahoma researchers are using UAS platforms for weather and radar-related research and, with OSU, are collaborating with the National Severe Storms Laboratory to use UAS to characterize severe storms.
Source: The Oklahoman