OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Sen. Micheal Bergstrom joined a crowd of 400 aviation and aerospace professionals and students for the second annual Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day on December 6 in Tulsa. The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission in partnership with the Oklahoma Airport Operators Association, the Tulsa Airport Authority Trust, and BizJet International hosted the event at the BizJet hangar at the Tulsa International Airport.
“Aviation and the aerospace industry generate substantial revenue, to the tune of almost $44 billion, each year in Oklahoma,” said Bergstrom, R-Adair. “It’s the second largest economic driver in our state, supporting 206,000 jobs totaling an $11.7 billion payroll, with an average salary of $73,300. It was an honor to join in the celebration to commemorate this industry in Oklahoma and recognize women’s contributions and accomplishments to the industry.”
In 2017 the Oklahoma legislature passed a bill to officially recognize the contribution of Oklahoma women in the state’s aviation and aerospace industry. Oklahoma Women in Aviation & Aerospace Day (OK WIAA) is now recognized annually on December 9, in honor of Pearl Carter Scott, the youngest pilot in the US who learned to fly under legendary aviator Wiley Post.
Senator Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, joins Vance AFB pilot Lt. Col. Deirdre Gurry at the second annual Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day in Tulsa on December 6.