The Choctaw Nation BEYOND Program: Pioneering Advanced Drone Technology

June 26, 2024
Martin Richardson


The Choctaw Nation BEYOND program is making waves in advanced drone technology, positioning itself as a key player in the eVTOL (electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) era. In the latest episode of SkyShift, host Martin Richardson dives into this innovative program with guest James Grimsley, an Advanced Transportation Technology and Policy Expert.

Richardson speaks with Grimsley about his extensive background in aerospace engineering and his journey from the Air Force to leading the Choctaw Nation’s BEYOND program. They discuss the significant advancements in drone technology and the unique capabilities of the Daisy Ranch facility. Grimsley shares insights into how the program leverages the Choctaw Nation’s sovereignty to create a state-of-the-art aviation research and testing environment.

James Grimsley is the executive director of the Advanced Technology Initiatives Department for the Choctaw Nation’s BEYOND program. He brings over 20 years of experience in aerospace engineering and has played a pivotal role in shaping drone technology and policy.

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