Choctaw Nation Hosts 2nd Annual Emerging Aviation Technology Conference

DURANT, Okla. (March 11, 2019) –The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will host the 2nd Annual Emerging Aviation Technology Conference on April 18, 2019. The all-day conference will consist of keynote addresses by Dr. Jaiwon Shin, NASA Associate Administrator; Michael Kratsios, U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Deputy Assistant to the President at the White House Office of Science and Technology and Jay Merkle, Executive Director for FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office. Attendees will learn about the future of aviation and the progress on the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program (UASIPP).

EVENT:         Choctaw Nation’s Emerging Aviation Technology Conference

DATE:           Thursday, April 18, 2019

TIME:            8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHO:             Dr. Jaiwon Shin, NASA Associate Administrator

                       Michael Kratsios, White House / Deputy U.S Chief Technology Officer

                       Jay Merkle, Executive Director of the FAA UAS Integration Office

                       Oklahoma House of Representatives Speaker Charles McCall

                       UAS and aviation industry experts and thought leaders

                       People interested in learning more about the industry

                       More speakers to be announced soon!

LOCATION:  Choctaw Event Center

                      3702 Choctaw Road

                      Durant, OK 74701     

COST:          To register for the conference please visit the following link:

                     The early bird rate is $129 and is available until March 31.  Please use promo code: EARLYBIRD19

                   All attendees that register after March 31 will pay $179.

CONTACT:  Kristina Humenesky
                    Choctaw Nation- Division of Commerce

About Choctaw Nations UASIPP Program

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP) is an initiative announced in October 2017 by President Trump, to begin safely testing and validating advanced operations for UAS (“drones”) in partnership with tribal, state and local governments in select jurisdictions. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is one of 10 selectees announced from a competitive pool of more than 200 tribal, state and city governments.

Results from this Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) pilot program will be used to accelerate the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace and to realize the benefits of unmanned technology in our economy.

About Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Choctaw Nation is the third largest Indian Nation in the United States with close to 200,000 tribal members and 10,000 employees. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, the historic boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma. The Choctaw Nation’s vision, “Living out the Chahta Spirit of faith, family and culture,” is evident as it continues to focus on providing opportunities for growth and prosperity. For more information about the Choctaw Nation, its culture, heritage and traditions, please go to