August 11, 2016
For Immediate Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has approved a $10,500 aerospace and aviation education grant for Ponca City Regional Airport. The grant will be used to help support the airport’s Northern Oklahoma Flight Academy next summer.
The funding is part of $235,000 the agency is providing over the next 12 months to programs statewide aimed at exposing more Oklahoma young people to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and careers in the aviation and aerospace industry.
“There is nothing more important that we do here at the Aeronautics Commission than to encourage young people to consider aviation as a career when they finish their post-secondary education,” Director of Aeronautics Vic Bird said. “It’s no secret that our state’s aerospace industry – one of our state’s top economic engines – needs more skilled workers, especially as our workforce approaches retirement age. These worthwhile programs receiving state funding are doing their part to help make sure that that happens. So we are more than happy to join them in that endeavor.”
Specifically, the $10,500 grant for Ponca City Regional Airport will provide partial scholarships, along with a small number of full scholarships, for 40 students to attend the flight academy. In addition to the scholarships, the funds will also help pay for FAA-certified flight instructors and aircraft, as well as supplies for the students.
Aerospace and aviation education is one of the Aeronautics Commission’s top priorities. Since FY2001, it has provided $2.5 million in aerospace and education funding to organizations and programs throughout the state. Just within the last 5 years alone, the Commission has awarded nearly $1.2 million in education grants and contracts.
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
by Sandra Shelton, Director of Communications & Government Affairs
Phone: (405) 604-6900
110 N Robinson, Suite 200, Oklahoma City, OK 73102