Photo of Bill N. Khourie Bill Khourie joined the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority (OSIDA) in 2002 and became Executive Director in 2004. As Executive Director, he coordinated and directed efforts that enabled the Oklahoma Spaceport to receive its Launch Site Operators License from the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation. He was also responsible for designing the first flight corridor to be approved for space operations in the national airspace system clear of military operating areas or restricted airspace.

Prior to joining OSIDA, Mr. Khourie played a leadership role for aerospace in Oklahoma having served on the Governor's Aerospace and Education Taskforce, Oklahoma Aeronautics and Space Commission, Oklahoma Transonic Wind Tunnel Taskforce, and the Governor's Taskforce on Improved Airline Service for Oklahoma.

He was a program manager and crew member for the Delta Air Lines Historic Ship 41 DC-3 Restoration and Flight Operations Program, responsible for locating, acquiring, and directing restoration efforts to rebuild and fly Delta Air Lines first Douglas DC-3 to be put into passenger service on December 23rd, 1941.

During his flying career he served as a corporate and airline pilot. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Delta Airlines Air Transport Heritage Museum.