Oklahoma lies in the Great Plains region of the United States and is home to aviation and aerospace giants such as Boeing and American Airlines. It is known for its severe weather, and most of the state is located in “tornado alley.” Because of the small mountain ranges and proliferation of prairie lands, tornadoes can travel uninterrupted for many miles.
Oklahoma City Aviation
The majority of residents are located in the capital city of Oklahoma City and in Tulsa. Almost two-thirds of the state’s population is split between the two cities, with Oklahoma City being the more populous of the two. The two cities are responsible for a large part of the state’s aviation and oil industries. In fact, Oklahoma’s aerospace and aviation production sectors generate $11 billion annually, according to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Tulsa is home to the largest maintenance base in the world, the global maintenance and engineering headquarters for American Airlines. Boeing recently moved their Defense, Space & Security division to Oklahoma City, bringing almost 1,000 new jobs to the area. The Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City is the largest military aircraft repair facility in the world.
Aviation education and FAA-approved flight schools are vital to continuing Oklahoma’s reputation as a leader in air transportation and production. There are 12 colleges and universities with flight and aerospace programs and six technical training centers. The FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City is the training hub for the United States’ air transportation system (air traffic controllers).
The state’s aviation industry caters to business travelers who want to fly directly to their final destinations. There are three commercial airports, 46 regional business airports and 137 public-use general aviation airports in the state. General aviation airplanes and helicopters make traveling easy and accessible for Oklahoma’s residents, students and visitors.
The largest commercial airport is Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, which serves over 3 million people per year. Tulsa International Airport is the second-largest commercial airport; however, Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport, which is also in Tulsa, is the state’s busiest airport in terms of air traffic.
Oklahoma Plane Crash
Slack & Davis general aviation attorneys have successfully represented families affected by Oklahoma air crashes, including:
- In May 2000, a Cessna 182L crashed outside of Noble. The private plane suffered a mid-air collision, resulting in two deaths.
- In May 2003, a Bell Shelby 47G helicopter crashed in Ardmore during “checkride” with an FAA examiner, killing two.
- In March 2007, a private plane crashed during landing, killing four. The Beechcraft Baron 58P crashed in Marietta.
The attorneys at Slack & Davis recognize the important role aviation plays in the state’s economy and way of life. For over 20 years, our attorneys have provided world-class legal services to those who have been injured in airplane crashes and to families dealing with the loss of a loved one due to a helicopter or plane crash. They work hard for passenger rights and strive to make flying safer. Contact us today at 800-455-8686.