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From the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk to today’s leading research for unmanned aerial vehicles at North Carolina State University, we’re continuing our legacy as a leader in aerospace innovation.

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2600 aerospace-related degrees conferred annually280+ aerospace companies and 450+ suppliers#3 most attractive state for aerospace manufacturers
Plentiful & Skilled Workforce

We are 4.9 million people strong. Our workforce can supply you with manufacturing power and highly educated engineering prowess. North Carolina is home to more 47,000 engineers, as well as the fourth largest active duty and reservist military population in the country, many of whom specialize in aerospace propulsion and ground equipment.

Leading the Industry Forward

Our state is propelling the future of aerospace and defense. Universities like NC State are spearheading new research into unmanned aerial vehicles, while amazing industry resources, including the NC Advanced Manufacturing Alliance and NextGen Air Transportation Center, are further bolstering the charge. Even better? There are 52 universities and colleges turning out program graduates in aerospace engineering and adjacent industries every semester.

Outstanding Infrastructure

North Carolina is home to over 200 leading aerospace manufacturing companies spread across the state, meaning you can purchase equipment just a short drive from your facilities. Once you’re ready to go to market, access to customers is made easy thanks to North Carolina’s prime location on the eastern seaboard. With four international airports, two deepwater seaports and extensive railways and interstates, our unparalleled infrastructure can help you accelerate your growth.

Low Cost of Doing Business

In North Carolina, you’ll find incredible resources and access to talent with the lowest corporate income tax rate in the U.S. and aerospace industry wages as much as 34 percent lower than competitor states. Here, aerospace industry wages are 18% below the national average, state taxes are low, electricity is inexpensive, and aviation gasoline/jet fuel are exempt from state sales tax, meaning you can go further for less.


HAECO Americas

Homegrown in Greensboro, NC, HAECO Americas has expanded to become one of the largest aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul companies in the U.S. — and is continuing to grow.

Industry Support

North Carolina Global TransPark
An 11,500-foot runway, onsite rail, shovel-ready sites, warehouse facilities, a fiber optic network, an onsite Foreign Trade Zone, and a composite training facility.
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Fleet Readiness Center East
Maintenance, engineering and logistics support for Navy and Marine Corps aviation.
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Spirit Aerosystems Composite Center of Excellence
33,000 square foot training center provides workforce training for aerospace businesses in North Carolina.
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NextGen Air Transportation at NC State University
Research and improvements to the way Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) integrate in domestic airspace.
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