Emerging Aviation Technology Conference

The Choctaw Nation's 2nd Annual Emerging Aviation Technology Conference will be held on April 18, 2019 at the Choctaw Casino & Resort Durant located at 4216 S. Hwy 69/75, Durant, Oklahoma. Join us with a great lineup of notable guests and speakers from the industry. You will have the chance to hear about the future and vision of aviation as well as join us for a day of great discussion and information.




Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jaiwon Shin
Dr. Jaiwon Shin
NASA Associate Administrator


April 17, 2019


April 18, 2019

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7:30 a.m. Registration begins – (Times and speaker availability subject to change)

Morning Session: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and the FAA UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP)

8:30 a.m. Introduction and Conference Objectives
(James Grimsley, Sr.Technology Advisor – Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma IPP Contractor)

8:45 a.m. Speaker Charles McCall, Oklahoma House of Representatives

9:00am Kevin Stitt, Governor of Oklahoma

9:15 a.m. Welcome by Chief Gary Batton, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

9:30 a.m. Michael Kratsios, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Deputy Assistant to the President at the White House; Office of Science and Technology Policy

10:00 a.m. Break

10:35 a.m. William "Kim" Tolar, FAA Southwest Region Deputy Regional Administrator (Acting)

10:45 a.m. Choctaw Nation IPP Team Part I (Panel led by James Grimsley)

  • Dillon Payne, Ag Technology Coordinator, Noble Research Institute
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Gabrielle Wain, Head of Public Policy, Iris Automation

11:20 a.m. Choctaw Nation IPP Team Part II (Panel led by James Grimsley)

  • Ken Stewart, CEO AiRXOS a GE Aviation Company
  • Intel
  • Austin Harris, Engineer Technologist, AEP/PSO
  • University of Oklahoma
Noon – 12:15 p.m. Break for Lunch

12:15 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch Speakers:

Afternoon Session: The Future of Aviation

12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Keynote: Dr. Jaiwon Shin, NASA Associate Administrator

1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Congressman Markwayne Mullin

1:45 p.m. Urban Air Mobility Panel (Lisa Ellman)

2:45 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. Future Aviation Infrastructure & Impacts on Airports: Kirk Shaffer, FAA Associate Administrator

3:30 p.m. Future Airspace Management (James Grimsley)

4:00 p.m. Manufacturing Challenges and Opportunities Panel (Peter Shannon, Managing Director at Radius Capital)

4:45 p.m. Vision for the Future & STEM (Peter Shannon, Rohn Olson, Lisa Ellman, Dr. Jamey Jacob and James Grimsley)

5:15 p.m. Conference Adjourn