Tulsa World – General aviation airports key to Oklahoma’s economy, Aeronautics Commission chief says

Tulsa World – General aviation airports key to Oklahoma’s economy, Aeronautics Commission chief says

CLAREMORE — During his speech at the Claremore Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Director Vic Bird pointed to the relative strength of Oklahoma’s economy despite current challenges in the energy industry.

One of the reasons for that strength is the state’s aerospace industry, which is responsible for 127,000 jobs and is one of Oklahoma’s top economic engines, Bird said.

“Aviation truly lifts us up in Oklahoma, and it’s one of the reasons that even though there’s the energy downturn Oklahoma is still doing OK,” Bird said.

Bird pointed to presence in the state of the world’s largest commercial aircraft repair facility, the American Airlines Engineering and Maintenance Base in Tulsa; and the world’s largest military aircraft facility, Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.

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