South Alabama Aerospace

South Alabama is the home to Fort Rucker which is the home to the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence. Everything from flight simulator cockpit design and training to MRO is happening in Dale County. Local colleges such as the Alabama Aviation Center's main campus and Wallace College provide employers with a continual stream of aerospace ready employees to select from when hiring. Commercial, general and military aviation pilots and passengers are also in abundance in Dale County with the presence of the Dothan Regional Airport, Ozark's Blackwell Field and multiple U.S. Military air fields.


Fort Rucker - U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence

Fort Rucker, named Army Aviation Center of Excellence in 2008, serves as the headquarters for Army Aviation. While the garrison command manages the daily operations of the Fort Rucker community, the Aviation Branch Headquarters develops, coordinates and deploys aviation operations, training and doctrine. There are 19,528 people on Post at Fort Rucker. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) training at Ft. Rucker provides year-round helicopter pilot training to 1,200 pilots from 27 countries.

Workforce Training


Ozark and Dale County is the home to Alabama's largest aviation maintenance technology campus with more than 1000 enrolled students. The Alabama Aviation Center provides Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) programs in Ozark. The AMT program is comprised of the Airframe Technology and Powerplant Technology program. Successful completion of each program prepares students for the respective Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) written and Oral and Practical examinations. Completion of both programs, and the subsequent FAA exams, enables students to enter the workforce as Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) technicians. The Alabama Aviation Center is a Unit of Enterprise State Community College.


Degrees in welding, industrial automation technology, and industrial maintenance highlight some of the programs that make Dale County's Wallace Community College an essential partner in our aviation and aerospace workforce.



The Dothan Regional Airport is the Wiregrass' largest airport. The airport accommodates thousands of weekly commercial passengers through Delta partner Atlantic Southeast Airlines which connects passengers directly to Atlanta through five daily flights. The Dothan Regional Airport has paved runways of 8,498 feet and 5,500 feet.

Fort Rucker, Naval Air Service (NAS) Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field account for approximately 50% of the flights at the Dothan Regional Airport.

Aviation and aerospace industry is a major part of the Dothan Regional Airport's business with large MRO industries utilizing approximately 425,000 square feet of wide-body, fixed wing manufacturing space on the airport property.


Blackwell Field is home to a 5,152 foot paved runway offering commercial and general aviators an excellent air field for which to call home. Located at Blackwell are Bell Helicopter and the Alabama Aviation Center campus. Numerous acreage is available adjacent to the airfield and is excellent property for new aviation (rotary and fixed wing) industry as well as air cargo.

Aviation and Aerospace Simulation

Aviation simulators are a significant industry in Dale County with billions of dollars invested in equipment at Fort Rucker and in Daleville, Dothan and Ozark by companies such as CATI Training Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, Concord XXI USA, DynaLantic Corporation and FlightSafety International. Both fixed wing and rotary training simulators are present in the aviation simulation industry of Dale County.

Aerospace Engineering

Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering (Link: is the aerospace engineering campus for South and Central Alabama. The engineering students take required coursework in aeronautical and astronautical systems with the design of aerospace components and systems playing a key role in their education. The undergraduate engineering enrollment for fall 2010 was 3,890 and the graduate enrollment was 810. The college is Auburn's largest and highest ranked.

Aerospace Alliance

Alabama is a member of the Aerospace Alliance which is a four state alliance of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The Alliance promotes aerospace business growth within the region.

South Alabama Aerospace Firms

Dale County has the world-class aerospace technology companies to match its world-class aerospace workforce. Of the 63 aviation, aircraft and aerospace companies located in South Alabama, 16 are located in Dale County. Dale County is the hub of aviation in South Alabama as it is the home of Fort Rucker and the fact that 25% of South Alabama's Aerospace businesses reside here. Dale County's aviation industries are diversified in maintenance, repair, overhaul, simulation, flight training, and engineering.

Alabama Aerospace Mfg. Covington  
Alabama Aircraft Support Dale
Alliance Aviation, LLC Houston
Army Fleet Services (AFS) Dale
Airbus Military North America Mobile
Airbus North America Engineering Mobile
Aircrafters of Enterprise, Inc. Coffee
AirLog Imaging Dale
Aureus International Coffee
Aviation Education Consultants Dale
Aviation Products Inc. Montgomery
B/E Aerospace Consumables Management Baldwin
Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. Dale
Brauer Aerospace Products, Inc. Dale
Bay Minette Aviation, Inc. Baldwin
CATI Training Systems Dale
Commercial Jet Dale
Communications and Ear Protection, Inc. Coffee
Concord XXI USA, LLC Dale
CSC - Flight School XXI Simulation Services Dale
DynaLantic Corp Dale
EADS North America Inc. Mobile
EADS CASA North America Mobile
Electrosystems, Inc. Lowndes
Enterprise Electronics Corp. Coffee
Evans Machine & Gear Covington  
Execuflight, LLC Monroe  
FlightSafety International Dale
Flightline of Dothan Houston
Fokker AIRINC Baldwin
GKN Aerospace Elmore
Globe Motors Houston
Goodrich Aerostructures Baldwin
Harold Haskins, Inc. Houston
Hartzell Engine Technologies Montgomery
Helispec Inc. Crenshaw
JAMCO America Baldwin
JKM Manufacturing Inc. Barbour
J & P Khanken Montgomery
Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems Montgomery
Lockheed Martin Pike Co. Operations Pike
Monroeville Aviation & Avionics Center Monroe  
Muskogee Metal Works Escambia
Navigator Development Group, Inc. Coffee
Pemco World Air Services Houston
Santa Fe Protection Services Dale
Segers Aero Corp. Baldwin
Seitz Scientific Industries, Inc. Coffee
Sikorsky Manufacturing Pike
Snow Hill Engineering Dale
Southern Avionics & Communications, Inc. Mobile
ST Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Inc. Mobile
ST Aerospace Mobile Mobile
Star Aviation, Inc. Mobile
Support Systems Assoc. Inc. Covington
Support Systems Andalusia Alabama Covington
Teledyne Continental Motors Baldwin
Telford Aviation, Inc. Houston
URS Corp Dale
US Aero Services, Inc. Coffee
U.S. Helicopter Dale
Vector Aerospace Company Covington
Vector-Hawk Aerospace, LLC Dale
Waltham Aircraft Clock Corporation Dale
World Technical Services, Inc. Dale
MFG Galileo Covington