Delaware’s Aviation and Aerospace Industry
Given Delaware’s proximity to a large portion of the U.S. population along the Eastern Seaboard, the state is ideally positioned for companies that specialize in corporate and private aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul.
Major global aviation and aerospace corporations such as GE Aviation also have facilities in the state.
GE Aviation manufactures advanced aircraft engine components in Newark, and the company announced in 2013 that it will invest $27 million in its Delaware facility over the next five years to help create a “Lean Lab” that will serve as a cutting-edge testing ground and innovation center for manufacturing new components.
The state’s strength in the aviation industry, along with the research capabilities of the University of Delaware’s Center for Composite Materials and the presence of the Dover Air Force Base, have also led to the proliferation of Delaware businesses serving the aerospace and defense sectors, including firms making aerospace components and composites and other companies conducting world-class materials research for the industry.
Additionally, the Delaware Technical Community College is dedicated to training the next generation of aviation professionals through its FAA-certified Airframe Maintenance Technology associate degree program. Offered at the Georgetown campus, the program gives students hands-on experience through Delaware Tech’s state-of-the-art labs. Students graduate prepared to earn an FAA airframe license.
Major Aviation and Aerospace Companies in Delaware:
- Dover Air Force Base operates the largest and busiest air freight terminal in the Department of Defense and is also home to the Air Mobility Command Museum, which welcomes thousands of visitors each year. The Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs is the DOD's largest joint-service mortuary facility and the only one located in the continental United States.
- GE Aviation manufactures advanced aircraft engine components made of ceramic matrix composites at its 80-employee Newark facility.
- PATS Aircraft Systems is a specialty aviation component manufacturer based in Georgetown that provides auxiliary fuel systems and components to major aircraft companies such as Boeing and Bombardier.
- Dassault Falcon’s Wilmington location is one of the company’s premier maintenance, modification and service centers for the company’s Falcon business jets and corporate aircraft.
- Summit Aviation , based in Middletown, is an aircraft modification, repair and maintenance company that serves general aviation, corporate and government aircraft.
- Hawker Beechcraft’s service center in Wilmington provides maintenance, modification, paint and upgrade services for Hawker and Beechcraft airplanes.