Dear Friends of Aerospace and Aviation,
Based upon currently available information from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the CDC, and with the best interest of our attendees, exhibitors, and the aviation and aerospace community in mind, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel AERO Oklahoma 2020 events scheduled for April 14, 2020. Recognizing the importance of this event and the spotlight it places upon our state’s second largest industry, aviation and aerospace, we will, consistent with the most up to date guidance and information, work on rescheduling this event for later in the year. The health, safety, and security of our attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors is our foremost concern and it will remain our guiding principle.
You have been incredibly supportive by sponsoring, partnering, and attending events to celebrate aviation and aerospace at the Capitol and other venues. We cannot thank you enough for this support. Last year was our most successful aviation day at the Capitol with over 900 attendees and 65 exhibitors. Over 500 attended last fall’s celebration of women in aviation and aerospace. We will all be ready to celebrate our resourceful and enduring industry when we all can safely do that—and we will do it!
After a run of incredible growth and prosperity, aviation and aerospace appears to have flown into the perfect storm. Civil and commercial aviation may face the greatest crisis they ever have. Air transport markets—airlines, airports, manufacturers, MRO, and their workers—are being decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic. With all the bad news and the resulting fear and desperation, we need to remember that this industry has survived recent big challenges that at the time seemed insurmountable: 9/11, SARS, and the Great Recession. This industry will recover and emerge even stronger as we have before. One thing clearly demonstrated due to COVID-19 is that the world is dependent upon air transportation for enabling commerce and connecting families and businesses. All take care and please follow the guidelines for the health and well-being of you and your families. Godspeed.
Victor N. Bird
Director of Aeronautics
State of Oklahoma