The sky’s the limit for aerospace in Advantage Valley
Advantage Valley is the ideal launching pad for aviation and aerospace companies. Our region has been certified AEROready™ by AEP based upon our extensive aviation infrastructure, skilled workforce, pro-business environment, access to university-level aerospace programs, and a long list of other factors.
Our location puts us close to important areas for companies serving the aerospace industry. We’re just six hours from the Pentagon and the DC area’s defense sites, and close to southern OEM facilities for Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, and Gulfstream. Local companies include innovators in the production and recycling of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). In Advantage Valley, you’ll find many aerospace suppliers, including Constellium, Star Technologies, Level 1 Fastener, Oerlikon Metco, and Carbon Fiber Composites.
Advantage Valley’s labor shed includes 617,000 people, and West Virginia is home to more than 4,000 aerospace industry workers. Those workers and their employers benefit from workforce-focused programs at local colleges and universities, including classes in advanced manufacturing, aerospace engineering, drone technology, mechatronics, aviation maintenance, and many others.
Charleston Yeager Airport’s (KCRW) 6,800-foot runway and 24/7 FBO, and Huntington Tri-State (KHTS) has a 7,000-foot runway and Aeroplex capable of handling heavy air freight. Both airports have nonstop commercial travel to many cities, and Advantage Valley is served by many general aviation airports.
Served by three Interstates (I-64, I-77, and I-79) and several U.S. highways with Interstate access, Advantage Valley has fast connections to key cities and markets throughout the eastern half of the nation. Busy CSX and Norfolk Southern mainlines connect the region to the continent’s rail network, and ports along the Ohio River and in Virginia.
The Advantage Valley region has new a FAA Part 147 Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) Program starting January 2022 (pending final FAA approval), offered jointly by Marshall University and Mountwest Community & Technical College, along with the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI). Find out more information on this program here.