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.

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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

ALABAMA AVIATION CAMPUS – ALABAMA AVIATION CENTER

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.

WALLACE 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.

Airports

DOTHAN REGIONAL AIRPORT

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 – OZARK

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: http://www.eng.auburn.edu/) 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.

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Alabama Aerospace Mfg. Covington  
Alabama Aircraft Support Dale www.aasllc.aero
Alliance Aviation, LLC Houston www.airnav.com
Army Fleet Services (AFS) Dale www.armyfleetsupport.com
Airbus Military North America Mobile www.airbus.com
Airbus North America Engineering Mobile www.eadsnorthamerica.com
Aircrafters of Enterprise, Inc. Coffee www.aircraftersofenterprise.com
AirLog Imaging Dale www.airlog-imaging.com
Aureus International Coffee www.aureusinternational.com
Aviation Education Consultants Dale www.avedco.com
Aviation Products Inc. Montgomery www.aviationproducts.net
B/E Aerospace Consumables Management Baldwin www.beaerospace.com
Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. Dale www.bellhelicopter.com
Brauer Aerospace Products, Inc. Dale www.braueraerospace.com
Bay Minette Aviation, Inc. Baldwin www.alabamaaviator.com
CATI Training Systems Dale www.catinet.com
Commercial Jet Dale www.commercialjet.com
Communications and Ear Protection, Inc. Coffee www.cep-usa.com
Concord XXI USA, LLC Dale www.russiaair.net
CSC - Flight School XXI Simulation Services Dale www.csc.com
DynaLantic Corp Dale www.dynalantic.com
EADS North America Inc. Mobile www.eadsnorthamerica.com
EADS CASA North America Mobile www.casa.eads.net
Electrosystems, Inc. Lowndes www.kellyaerospace.com
Enterprise Electronics Corp. Coffee www.eecradar.com
Evans Machine & Gear Covington  
Execuflight, LLC Monroe  
FlightSafety International Dale www.flightsafety.com
Flightline of Dothan Houston www.flightlineofdothan.com
Fokker AIRINC Baldwin www.fokkerservices.com
GKN Aerospace Elmore www.gknplc.com
Globe Motors Houston www.globemotors.com
Goodrich Aerostructures Baldwin www.goodrich.com
Harold Haskins, Inc. Houston www.haroldhaskinsinc.com
Hartzell Engine Technologies Montgomery www.hartzellenginetech.com
Helispec Inc. Crenshaw www.helispec.com
JAMCO America Baldwin www.jamcoamerica.com
JKM Manufacturing Inc. Barbour www.jkm-mfg.com
J & P Khanken Montgomery www.jpkii.com
Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems Montgomery www.kellyaerospace.com
Lockheed Martin Pike Co. Operations Pike www.lockheedmartin.com
Monroeville Aviation & Avionics Center Monroe  
Muskogee Metal Works Escambia www.mmwks.com
Navigator Development Group, Inc. Coffee www.ndgi.com
Pemco World Air Services Houston www.pemcoair.com
Santa Fe Protection Services Dale www.santafeps.com
Segers Aero Corp. Baldwin www.segersaero.com
Seitz Scientific Industries, Inc. Coffee www.seitzinc.com
Sikorsky Manufacturing Pike www.sikorsky.com
Snow Hill Engineering Dale
Southern Avionics & Communications, Inc. Mobile www.avionics.net
ST Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Inc. Mobile www.staero.aero
ST Aerospace Mobile Mobile www.staero.aero
Star Aviation, Inc. Mobile www.staraviation.com
Support Systems Assoc. Inc. Covington www.ssai.org
Support Systems Andalusia Alabama Covington www.ssai.org
Teledyne Continental Motors Baldwin www.genuinecontinental.aero
Telford Aviation, Inc. Houston www.telfordgroup.biz
URS Corp Dale www.urscorp.com
US Aero Services, Inc. Coffee www.usaerosi.com
U.S. Helicopter Dale www.bellhelicopter.com
Vector Aerospace Company Covington www.vectoraerospace.com
Vector-Hawk Aerospace, LLC Dale www.vector-hawk.com
Waltham Aircraft Clock Corporation Dale www.walthamclocks.com
World Technical Services, Inc. Dale www.asrcwtsi.com
MFG Galileo Covington www.mfggalileo.com