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, 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.
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.
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 – 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.
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.
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||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|
|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|
|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|
|EADS North America Inc.||Mobile||www.eadsnorthamerica.com|
|EADS CASA North America||Mobile||www.casa.eads.net|
|Enterprise Electronics Corp.||Coffee||www.eecradar.com|
|Evans Machine & Gear||Covington|
|Flightline of Dothan||Houston||www.flightlineofdothan.com|
|Harold Haskins, Inc.||Houston||www.haroldhaskinsinc.com|
|Hartzell Engine Technologies||Montgomery||www.hartzellenginetech.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|
|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|
|US Aero Services, Inc.||Coffee||www.usaerosi.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|