“As our state continues to develop this sector, we must show Alabamians all that the aerospace industry can offer them, now and in the years to come,” she added.
Flight Works Alabama is a cooperative effort between the Airbus Foundation, the State of Alabama and a group of educational partners and business sponsors.
In May 2017, Governor Ivey announced its intention to build the center, with the goal of strengthening Alabama’s workforce development efforts and inspiring young people to pursue careers in aerospace. Construction began in 2018.
In addition to the Flight Works Alabama exhibit space, a specially designed classroom, workshops and manufacturing areas provide the educational infrastructure needed to educate and train potential future aviation workers, from college to college. seasoned industry professionals.
The center places a strong emphasis on commercial jets such as those manufactured at the nearby Airbus manufacturing plant, where the A220 and A320 family aircraft are produced.
“What Airbus and other companies in our industry need to be successful in the future is a workforce that is skilled, knowledgeable and ready for the future,” said Jeff Knittel, President- Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Americas.
“Flight Works Alabama will help us create this workforce in fun and creative ways. “
Visitors to the center can participate in more than 50 experiences, including:
- Fly a virtual Airbus A320: take off, tour the city and land at Mobile Aeroplex in Brookley
- Take a spacewalk and install a virtual payload on the International Space Station
- Design the livery of an airplane and paint it in a virtual paint shop
- Navigate with a high-tech drone through an outdoor drone aviary
- Attend classes and field trips, participate in hands-on workshops or earn valuable certifications
Tours of the Airbus final assembly line hangar will be available as soon as health regulations allow.