Unmanned Aerial Systems
Oklahoma is perfectly positioned for the fast-emerging UAS industry, with its central location, ideal terrain and climate, business incentives, testing and development capabilities, training and education programs, and research and development.
“Oklahoma has rapidly become a ‘fly-to’ state for research, training and education or commercial and military unmanned aerial systems.”
— Michael Toscano, Former President & CEO, AUVSI
Conditions are favorable in Oklahoma
Oklahoma has nearly 5.1 million square feet of vacant available space within a 4-mile radius of its two international airports and Tinker Air Force Base, and nearly 1,460 acres of developable land for aviation use near airports.
Oklahoma UAS Quick Facts
- Oklahoma focuses on UAS in Fire & Rescue; Precision Agriculture; Safety & Security; Transmission Monitoring; Weather; and Aerial Photography
- More than 1,100 aerospace companies have operations in the state, including more than 100 UAS companies. UAS companies in the state include AECOM; Design Intelligence Inc.; Flir Systems; General Atomics; Vigilant Aerospace Systems; Zivko Aeronautics and more.
- More than 120,000 Oklahomans employed by companies in aerospace and defense industries
- OSU and Spartan College of Aeronautics & Technology (Tulsa) were ranked #2 and #14 respectively in SuccesfulStudent.org’s ranking of best drone training colleges.
- First master’s and doctoral degrees in UAS Aircraft Design at Oklahoma State University
- Trained, existing labor force: 10 Oklahoma institutions of higher learning offer aviation/aerospace related degrees.
- Four Oklahoma CareerTech institutions (Metro Technology Center (OKC), Meridian Technology Center, Mid-America Technology Center and Tulsa Tech) offer various UAS/UAV training programs. Many CareerTech institutions also teach courses on composites, electronics, avionics and networking.
UAS Cluster Initiative
Manufacturers, investors, and entrepreneurs in all 77 counties of Oklahoma and 105 counties in Kansas are served by the UAS Cluster Initiative. The effort attracts private capital, accelerates start-ups, promotes regional research parks, and enables the sharing of best practices. Learn more at https://uascluster.com/
Oklahoma UAS Assets
- The Oklahoma Air & Spaceport has the only FAA approved space flight corridor in the National Airspace System not within restricted airspace or Military Operating Area. It has one of the longest and the widest runways in North America (13,503×300-foot), six commercial aircraft hangars and land available for lease with bonding authority. It is one of 10 in the U.S. with an FAA Launched Site Operator License.
- Oklahoma has nearly 5.1 million square feet of vacant available space within a 4-mile radius of its two international airports and Tinker AFB, and nearly 1,460 acres of developable land for aviation use near airports.
- Oklahoma has more than 3,000 sunny hours per year.
Let’s Work Together
The Oklahoma Team will work with you to meet the specific needs of your project. Contact us today to get started. Call the Oklahoma Team at 800-588-5959.