Broken Arrow Representing at the Paris Air Show

The Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation and the City of Broken Arrow – Municipality recently promoted our community to aerospace companies interested in locating to Oklahoma. Darla Heller, Broken Arrow Chamber, and Norman Stephens, with the City of Broken Arrow, joined a delegation led by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and Oklahoma’s Governor Kevin Stitt at the International Paris Air Show, which is one of the largest and longest-running aerospace trade shows in the world.  They met with top executives from aerospace companies to help further growth in Oklahoma.

 What is the air show?

Facts about the show:

Oklahoma is dedicated to recruiting foreign direct investment to our state and committed to the aerospace industry. 

There are more than 1,200 aerospace companies in OK, 120K jobs and the industry generates more than $43B – Making aerospace the number 2 industry in Oklahoma.  When people think of aerospace and Oklahoma generally they think of Tulsa because of the huge presence of American Airlines and the Oklahoma City area due to Tinker Airforce base. Yet Broken Arrow is home to manufacturing facilities dedicated to aerospace training and simulator manufacturing, as well as companies that produce parts in the aerospace supply chain of other companies.

 “We have a cluster here in Broken Arrow with companies like Flight Safety, Cymstar, and L3 AMI. Broken Arrow is recognized internationally for just that.” Said Broken Arrow Chamber VP of Economic Development, Darla Heller.  “The Paris Air show is a way to meet with top tier executives to ensure continued growth in existing Broken Arrow companies as well as a chance to promote the city as a location for future development of the aerospace sector. We are excited to see how our connections pay off.”


The Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation is supported by many investors and stakeholders.  AT&T’s investment was pivotal to allow Broken Arrow to have a presence at this important show.  

L-R: Kinnee Tilly (OMA), John Van Maren (Flight Safety) Norm Stephens (City of Broken Arrow) and Darla Heller (Broken Arrow Chamber)

L-R: Norm Stephens (City of Broken Arrow), Kinnee Tilly (OMA), Brent Kisling (Executive Director of the ODOC), Chris Kubasik (CEO of L-3), Governor Kevin Stitt, Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynam, Lenny Genna (President L3 Link Training and Simulation), Darla Heller (Broken Arrow Chamber), and Jennifer Springer (ODOC Director of International Trade)