The FAA's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City soars when it comes to flight safety

Thursday, January 18, 2018 5:00 am

A monthly forum sponsored by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber took flight Wednesday as about 150 of its members and guests heard from representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center.

Roy Williams, the chamber's president and CEO, observed the Monroney Center is Oklahoma's fourth-largest single-site employer in the state.

He said the center's annual economic impact on the Oklahoma City area is estimated at $1.65 billion annually.

Attendees also heard from the center's director, as well as several of its key personnel.

Michelle Coppedge, the Monroney center's director, said not a lot of people know of its mission outside of aviation circles.

"We kind of like to think of ourselves as a best-kept secret. But the problem is, we really don't want to be known that way, because we make a huge impact on aviation across the world, and we have a pretty large economic impact as well, both here in the state and across this nation," Coppedge said.

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