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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
  October 16, 2023

Workforce Dynamics in Oklahoma's Emerging Aerospace Industry;
Oklahoma Aerospace Forum;
Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day;
Rethink Vertical Podcast

UASCI Report on Workforce Dynamics in Oklahoma's Emerging Aerospace Industry

The UAS Cluster Initiative (UASCI) has finalized a research report on the workforce development landscape in Oklahoma's burgeoning aerospace industry. The report sheds light on the key challenges and prospects within the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry in Oklahoma, particularly emphasizing the necessity to bridge workforce gaps. As the industry stands on the cusp of a revolutionary shift towards autonomy in aviation, a highly skilled workforce to navigate this transformation is paramount. The report identifies challenges and recommendations for Oklahoma to establish a robust workforce support ecosystem that will sustain and bolster its position as a leading hub for the UAS/AAM industry, ensuring its preparedness to meet the emerging technological demands and opportunities.

You can download and read this report at Charting the Course: Workforce Dynamics in Oklahoma's Emerging Aerospace Industry

Oklahoma Aerospace Forum
Wednesday Nov 8, 2023 at Omni Oklahoma City Hotel

Join the Aerospace community for the annual Oklahoma Aerospace Forum, sponsored by Oklahoma ACES, on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel. The Oklahoma Aerospace Forum offers attendees a unique opportunity to gain insights from industry experts regarding the current aerospace landscape in Oklahoma, emerging technologies and workforce development, all while fostering valuable networking opportunities. The keynote speaker for this event is former NASA Astronaut and Ret. U.S. Navy officer John B. Herrington, a Chickasaw Hall of Fame inductee, hailed as the first Native American in space.
For more information and to register, go to Oklahoma Aerospace Forum registration on EventBrite. .

Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day
Saturday, Dec 8, 2023, at 137th Special Operations Wing at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day is an annual event to advance STEM and aerospace career awareness in the minds of policymakers, students, the citizens of Oklahoma, and to the national aviation and aerospace industries. This yearly event also commemorates Oklahoman Pearl Carter Scott, who, at 13, was the youngest woman to receive her pilots license in the United States; received pilot training from Wiley Post; later became a performing stunt pilot; and was a member of the Chickasaw nation legislature.

This year's event will be on December 8th, 2023, at the 137th Special Operations Wing at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. The program features Heather "Lucky" Penney as the keynote speaker and that Col. (Ret) Eileen Collins will accept the appointment as the 2023 Woman of the Year.

Find out more at the Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day Facebook page.

Listen to the Rethink Vertical Podcast

Don't miss the Rethink Vertical podcast as host Craig Mahaney interviews the industry's most innovative thinkers and doers to bring you emerging aerospace industry insight, without the fluff. The podcast is brought to you by the UAS Cluster Initiatibe and new podcasts are released the third Thursday of each month.

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

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Upcoming Industry Events
Oklahoma Aerospace Forum
Nov. 8, 2023, 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Omni Oklahoma City Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma Women in Aviation & Aerospace Day
December 8, 2023
Will Rogers Airport, 137th Special Operations Wing, Oklahoma City, OK
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