WHAT IS AEROSPACE? The diverse sectors of aerospace include commercial, civil and military aviation, defense and space. They encompass a wide array of talent and competencies. The industrial base includes researchers, engineers, technicians, mechanics, skilled machinists and precision production jobs.
Arkansas Industry Facts:
- Arkansas’ aerospace, aviation and defense industry employs nearly 10,000 Arkansans.
- Aerospace is Arkansas’s number one export, accounting for more than $1.8 Billion. Commercial airports generate $2 billion to Arkansas’ economy each year, and general aviation alone creates an economic impact on Arkansas of almost $500 million annually.
- There are approximately 180 aviation and aerospace-related companies in the state.
- There are 91 publicly-owned/publicly-used general aviation and community airports within the State of Arkansas, eight of which have airline services.