Construction has officially started on Flight
Works Alabama, a new aviation experience center to be built near
the campus of Airbus’ U.S. aircraft manufacturing site in Mobile.
Flight Works Alabama, scheduled to open in late
2019, is a hands-on instructional facility designed to bolster the
state’s workforce development efforts and inspire young people to
pursue careers in aerospace
Jeff Knittel, Airbus
Americas Chairman and CEO, said, “Success for Airbus, and any
company, means we can’t just look at what we’re doing now; we need
to look at what we need later - whether it be next year, next
decade, or the next five decades. What Airbus and other companies
in our industry need to be successful in the future is a skilled,
knowledgeable workforce that is ready for that future. Flight
Works will help us create that workforce in a fun, creative way.”
Flight Works Alabama will be an
18,000-square-foot experience center housing a large interactive
exhibition area, classrooms, a collaboration room, a workshop, a
restaurant and a gift shop.
Located near the campus of Airbus’
aircraft manufacturing facility at the Mobile Aeroplex at
Brookley, the center will also be a gateway for public tours of
Airbus’ A320 family assembly line.
In addition to the experience center, the
facility will host educational opportunities for adults seeking
new or expanded skills in the industry.
Nine education partners
have signed on to provide these opportunities including Auburn
University, Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama
Community College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Troy
University, Tuskegee University, University of South Alabama,
University of Alabama and University of West Alabama.
“Aerospace is a premier industry, filled with
innovative developments and high demand jobs, which are sought
after by every state,” said Alabama Governor, Kay Ivey. “Flight Works Alabama will
become a hub to explore the opportunities of this industry. As our
state continues to grow this sector, we must show Alabamians all
that the aerospace industry can offer them, today and in the years
Industry and community sponsors include the Airbus Foundation,
Alabama Power Foundation, Conde Systems, the Mobile County
Commission, Mott MacDonald, Hoar Program Management, Johnson
Controls, Mech-Net, Pratt & Whitney, Safran and Snap-On. Airbus
said other sponsorships are in development.
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