Emerging Aviation Technology Conference

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The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (in collaboration with the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the University of North Texas) is proud to announce our third Regional Emerging Aviation Technology Conference for April 4-5, 2022 at the Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant, Oklahoma. This conference will feature speakers and presentations addressing the exciting developments in emerging aviation with topics including: advanced drone technologies, drone delivery, advanced air mobility, and other exciting aviation technology topics.

The conference will feature speakers from the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DoT), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Commercial Drone Alliance (CDA), The U.S. Air Force AFWERX program, Spright, Google Wing, Supernal, Textron, Airspace Link, Inc as well as several leaders from the emerging aviation industries.


Subject to Change
Digital Conference Agenda and Speaker Information

Monday, April 4, 2022
1pm - Opening and Introductions
James Grimsley – Exec Director/Advanced Technology Initiatives / Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Ernest Huffman - Aviation Planning and Education Program Manager at North Central Texas Council of Governments
Dr. Clinton Purtell - Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy; Director of External Relations, University of North Texas / Frisco
1:20pm - STEM and Education/Engagement
Jon Montgomery - Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy / NASA
Dave Berger – NASA STEM Embed / NASA
Barbie Buckner - NASA EPDC
April Lanotte – NASA STEM Integration Lead
Chuck Tackett – FAA
Blair Hess – FAA
Joy Tribbey - Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
2:45pm - Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Ecosystem for Emerging Aviation
Dr. Terrance L. Pohlen, Professor / Senior Associate Dean / Director, Jim McNatt Institute for Logistics Research / University of North Texas
Dr. Parimal Kopardekar - Director of NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI)
Dana Jensen - U.S. Air Force
Chris Ash - Hillwood, A Perot Company
Neil Marshall – Hyundai/Supernal
Evan Young - Qarbon Aerospace
Evan Maciolck - H3X Technologies
4:30pm - Final Vision and Path Ahead on STEM & Advanced Manufacturing
Led by James Grimsley – Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Jon Montgomery - NASA
Ernest Huffman - NCTCOG
Dr. Clinton Purtell - UNT
Grayson Ardies - Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
5:30pm - Conference Closeout
6:30-8:30pm - Networking Reception at Choctaw Cultural Center (Shuttle Services Available)
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
8am - Opening and Introductions
James Grimsley – Exec Director/Advanced Technology Initiatives / Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
8:25am - Welcome Address
Chief Gary Batton - Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
8:35am - U.S. Department of Transportation
Arlando Teller - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tribal Affairs, U.S. Dept of Transportation
9:05am - Federal Aviation Administration
Rob Lowe – Regional Administrator, Southwest Region
Jay Merkle - Executive Director, UAS Integration Office
Kevin O'Connor – Deputy Director, Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center
10:05am - State of Industry & Advanced Drone Applications
Chaired by Lisa Ellman – Executive Director of the Commercial Drone Alliance (CDA)
Justin Steinke - Spright
Beth Flippo – Telegrid/Drone Express
Neta Gliksman - Percepto
Dallas Brooks - Google Wing
11:30am - NASA Aeronautics
Dr. Ed Waggoner - Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs at NASA
Noon-1pm - Lunch (Box lunches provided or lunch on your own at resort venues)
1pm - Overview of U.S. Air Force AFWERX
Col Martin Salinas - AFWERX
1:30pm - Advanced Air Mobility
Chaired by Adrienne Lindgren – Cities/Partnerships/Programs at Supernal
Tony LaCorte – Textron eAviation
Clint Harper - Urban Mobility Labs
Darshan "Dash" Divakaran - AFWERX
Al Capps - NASA's Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign
Dr. Kamesh Namuduri - University of North Texas
2:45pm - Textron eAviation
Rob Scholl – CEO of Textron eAviation
3:15pm - Airspace/Weather/UTM
Chaired by Dr. Jamey Jacob - Oklahoma State University
Apoorva Bajaj - Climavision
Jeremy Bennington - Spirent
Colby Free - Airspace Link
Starr Ginn - NASA
4:15pm - Final Vision and Path Ahead
Led by James Grimsley – Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Adrienne Lindgren - Supernal
Lisa Ellman - Commercial Drone Alliance
Jay Merkle - FAA
Dr. Ed Waggoner - NASA
Dr. Jamey Jacob - OSU
5pm - Conference closeout

Regular conference registration fee: $149.00 per person
Early bird pricing: Register prior to March 20, 2022 and receive early-bird pricing of $99.00 per person.


Sponsorship and Exhibitor Registration
*For exhibitor and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact uas@choctawnation.com
**Note that no lunches/meals will be provided, but there are multiple lunch venue options available within the casino/resort property and a lunch break will be scheduled for April 5, 2022.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Choctaw Nation Casino Resort for the conference at a rate of $96/night. The last day to reserve a room at this rate is March 21, 2022. There are two options for reserving a room:

Option #1: Reservations by telephone

Conference attendees have the option of contacting our reservation department open 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-788-2464 press #1 and giving the agent the offer code AVIATION IPO for the group rate.

Option #2: Online reservations

STEP 1: Log into the following URL:

STEP 2: Group Login
Group Code: SCNAI22
Password: AVIATION22
Note: Password is case-sensitive

STEP 3: Make Reservation
Click "Book Now" to make reservation. Go through step 1, 2, 3 to confirm reservations. (If dates are altered from defaulted setting, please be sure to hit "Refine Search")


The Choctaw Casino Resort is south of Durant, Oklahoma and approximately 90 minutes driving time from Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) and Dallas Love Field (DAL).