Alabama has a rich history in aerospace and aviation — an industry that took off on our soil more than a century ago. Ever since the Wright Brothers established the nation’s first civilian flight school in Montgomery back in 1910, Alabama has provided a steady launchpad for companies and organizations involved in flight.
In addition to private companies, Alabama also has a strong military aerospace/aviation presence. Located in Southeast Alabama, Fort Rucker serves as the training center for U.S. Army helicopter pilots. In Huntsville, Redstone Arsenal is a major research, engineering, and test center that houses the Army’s critical missile defense and aviation programs. The Arsenal is also home to the Marshall Space Flight Center, one of NASA’s largest and most historic facilities. Another aerospace cluster is developing in the Mobile area around the Airbus assembly line.
Alabama’s comprehensive aerospace/aviation presence also includes an extensive roster of training programs and assets. AIDT’s Robotics Technology Park near Decatur offers specialized training in robotics and automation programs, and AIDT operates an aviation training center in Mobile. In addition, the Alabama Community College System’s Alabama Aviation Center, which has several locations across the state, offers FAA-certified training in airframe and engine maintenance.
- 100+ years of aerospace and aviation history
- 61,000+ employed in aerospace and defense
- 4,080 aerospace engineers (Top 5 in US)
- Home to businesses from 30 countries
- 2nd largest research and technology park in the U.S. (Cummings Research Park)
- More than 300 aerospace companies
- Aerospace manufacturing employed 13,300 as of November 2020
- Nearly $2.5 billion in aerospace equipment and parts exported in 2019
- $10.9 billion in Department of Defense contracts in Fiscal 2017
- Northrop Grumman
- Continental Aerospace
- United Launch Alliance
- PPG Aerospace
- WestWind Group
- Airbus Military NA
- Collins Aerospace
- GKN Aerospace
- Lockheed Martin
- GE Aviation
- BAE Systems
- VT MAE
- Aerojet Rocketdyne
- Teledyne Brown Engineering
- Commercial Jet
- CAE USA
- ACCS Alabama Aviation Center
- Fort Rucker
- CAE Training for Fixed-Wing Army Aviators
Aerospace Engineering Departments at Alabama Universities
These Alabama universities offer degrees in Aerospace Engineering:
- Auburn University
- University of Alabama
- Tuskegee University
- University of Alabama at Huntsville
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