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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
  March 5, 2024

  1. Rethink Vertical Podcast with Daniel Plaisance of Tulsa Innovation Labs
  2. Oklahoma Aerospace Week Set to Soar, April 1-6
1. Listen to the Rethink Vertical Podcast with Daniel Plaisance of Tulsa Innovation Labs

Don't miss the February Rethink Vertical podcast, brought to you by the UAS Cluster Initiative. This month host Craig Mahaney interviews Daniel Plaisance, who leads the advanced air mobility (AAM) portfolio at Tulsa Innovation Labs (TIL) and is quickly becoming a national voice in the UAS/AAM world. In this podcast, Daniel and Craig talk about the exciting ecosystem growth in the Tulsa region, and how TIL is working to maximize the impacts of a growing advanced mobility industry that builds on the vast history of aerospace in Oklahoma.

You can access the Rethink Vertical Podcasts at: Rethink Vertical Podcast.

Find out more about Tulsa Innovation Labs at

2. Oklahoma Aerospace Week Set to Soar, April 1-6

Oklahoma's Aerospace and Defense community is set to celebrate the state's first annual Oklahoma Aerospace Week, powered by the Oklahoma City Innovation District in collaboration with the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics. This week-long celebration will showcase the state's prominence in the national aerospace industry and foster collaboration among experts, professionals, and enthusiasts. Events include:

The Aerospace Innovative Training Symposium on Tuesday, April 2. In this symposium, participants will identify solutions that address aerospace sector education and training challenges, and encourage workforce development. The keynote speaker for the symposium will be Jim Bridenstine, former NASA Administrator, who will be introduced by Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell. Other speakers will include State Senator Adam Pugh. To attend, go to Ticket sales for Aerospace Innovative Training Symposium

The Aero Advocacy Day at the Capitol will be on Wednesday, April 3. This event will provide a platform for industry leaders to engage directly with legislators and drive innovation in the aerospace sector.

The OKCID "Tech Talk" and Opening Reception on Monday, April 1st sponsored by Aerospace Commerce Economic Services (ACES) Program and is centered around innovative aerospace technologies. Free registration link for Tech Talk and Opening Reception

"Taking Flight," Scissortail Park's annual Wind and Kite Festival will be on Saturday, April 6th. An exciting event for all ages, the festival will feature additional STEAM activities centered around aviation and aerospace.

For more information go to Oklahoma Aerospace Week or Oklahoma Aerospace Week Events Agenda

UASCI is creating an environment where unmanned aviation startups can thrive, connect with innovative networks, access global capital, discover national technologies and learn from proven tech industry leaders.

The UAS Cluster Initiative is funded in part through a Contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed within this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

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