There are approximately 180 aviation and aerospace-related companies in the state.

Arkansas’ aerospace, aviation and defense industry employs nearly 10,000 Arkansans.

Commercial, civil and military aviation, defense, and space are some of the diverse sectors of aerospace in Arkansas, each requiring a variety of skills and competencies. Necessary skills include safety maintenance practices, the production and repair of metallic and composite aerospace structures, the ability to interpret technical drawings, the ability to appropriately use hand tools, precision measuring, and the understanding of aerospace production systems.

  • Engineers
  • Mechanics
  • Precision Production
  • Researchers
  • Skilled Machinists
  • Technicians


Aerospace is Arkansas’ 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 91 publicly-owned/publicly-used general aviation and community airports within the State of Arkansas, eight of which have airline services. (







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