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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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Plentiful & Skilled Workforce

We are 5.1 million people strong. Our workforce can supply you with manufacturing power and highly educated engineering prowess. North Carolina is home to more than 45,000 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. We rank #1 in the U.S. for industry sponsored research. Even better? North Carolina’s 53 universities and colleges are turning out aerospace engineering degrees every semester.

Outstanding Infrastructure

Over 200 leading companies are 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 — but for up to 25% less than you’d spend in competitor states. Here, aerospace industry wages are 9% 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
11,500 ft. runway, an onsite rail spur, fiberoptic network, seaports and warehouse facilities with direct highway access.
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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, supporting career development in aerospace and related industries.
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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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