Industry Overview


Southeastern North Carolina is an ideal location for aviation and aerospace companies. Our excellence in logistics and distribution, existing metalworking and manufacturing base, the largest military presence on the east coast and the location of over 280 aerospace companies statewide are a few of the assets NC can offer for this growing industry.

In our region there are in excess of 18,000 exiting military personnel each year equipped with the skills needed for success in this industry as well as 6 public and private universities graduating over 7,000 students annually and 15 community colleges with an annual enrollment of 77,000 students (roughly 4% of the region’s population) to meet this cluster’s workforce needs. Download our Aviation and Aerospace fact sheet.

The southeastern region also boasts five airports with runway lengths ranging from 5,000 to 8,000 feet all with adjacent industrial sites and three with uncontrolled airspace. Several other resources exist in NC to assist new aviation and aerospace companies such as the North Carolina Aerospace Initiative, a joint venture with educational and economic development organizations to promote applied research and aerospace education.

The region’s strategic proximity to the port of Wilmington, GE’s aircraft engines facility in Wilmington, Boeing’s Dreamliner facility in Charleston, Spirit Aerosystems in Kinston and HondaJet in Geensboro are just a few examples of why southeastern NC is poised for rapid growth and success in the aviation and aerospace sector. 

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Competitive Advantages

  • Strategically located within a 200 mile radius of Boeing 787 Dreamliner facility, GE Aircraft Engines, Spirit AeroSystems, HondaJet, and General Dynamics.
  • Largest military presence on the east coast: Seymour Johnson Airforce Base, Marine Corps Camp Lejeune, Marine Corp Air Station New River, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, US Coast Guard Sector NC, US Army Fort Bragg, and Pope Army Airfield.
  • 6 Airports with adjacent industrial parks, 3 of which have uncontrolled airspace
  • 18,000+ exiting military personnel annually with skill sets that can easily be applied to the Aviation and Aerospace industry.

General Advantages

  • Workforce that is 10% more productive than the national average.
  • Mid-Atlantic Location gives access to 200 Million US and Canadian residence in a one-day drive time
  • The second lowest unionization rates in the country (4.1%).
  • Existing large metalworking cluster and advanced manufacturing workforce.
  • 2 deep water ports in NC and within 200 miles of the highest volume ports on the east coast (Norfolk, VA and Charleston, SC)
  • Free customizable training programs through NC’s Community College system at any of our eight Community Colleges.
  • Foreign Trade Zone 214 at the Port of Wilmington and Foreign Trade Zone 93 inland.
  • Several programs and initiatives statewide to increase NC’s Aviation and Aerospace cluster.
  • Highly competitive incentives and financial assistance.
  • Population growth at nearly twice the national average.
  • Quality of life that attracts and retains talent with a cost of living that is lower than the national average.
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Who's Here

Company Name Product County
Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. Engineering services Bladen
Taylor Aviation Inc Engineering services Bladen
East Coast Engine Repair services Brunswick
Sandollar Ventures LLC Aircraft parts and equipment Brunswick
Twin Precision Manufacturing Machine shop, jobbing and repair Brunswick
Fleet Readiness Center East Repair services Craven
Powell Avionics Inc Transportation equipment and supplies Cumberland
Sierra Nevada Corporation Radio and TV communications equipment Cumberland
Cape Fear Airworks, Inc. Repair services Cumberland
Eastern Aviation Equipment rental and leasing Cumberland
Echota Technologies Corporation Electrical equipment and supplies Cumberland
Honeywell International Inc Aircraft engines and engine parts Cumberland
L-3 Communications Corporation Search and navigation equipment Cumberland
Boeing Company Aircraft Cumberland
Spirit Aerosystems Aircraft components Lenoir
Macks Engine Repair Repair services New Hanover
GE Aircraft Engines Aircraft engines and engine parts New Hanover
Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. Engineering services New Hanover
Dorray Aviation, Inc. Transportation equipment and supplies New Hanover
Logic Hydraulic Controls, Inc. Fluid power valves and hose fittings New Hanover
Maycomm Instruments, LLC Aircraft parts and equipment New Hanover
Williams Aviation Inc Engineering services Pender
Hayes Aviation LLC Equipment rental and leasing Robeson
Armorstruxx, LLC Aircraft parts and equipment Robeson
Charlotte Aircraft Corp Repair services Robeson
Tailwind East LLC Aircraft Sampson
Bonanza Flyers LLC Aircraft Sampson
AAR Corp. Aircraft cargo systems Wayne
Anchor Coupling, Inc. Aircraft parts and equipment Wayne
North Carolina Manufacturing, Inc. Aircraft parts and equipment Wayne
Pratt & Whitney Aircraft parts and services Wayne
U.S. Cargo Systems Aircraft parts and equipment Wayne
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