Manufacturing for aerospace and aviation relates to the fabrication, production and assembly of parts, components, equipment and vehicles for air and space travel in both the commercial and defense industries. Vehicles include airplanes, helicopters, satellites, shuttles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones.
Vermont is home to a thriving $2 billion aerospace and aviation industry. According to the Economic Impact of Civil Aviation by State study done by the FAA in January of 2015, the economic impact of civil aviation alone for the state of Vermont includes:
- $1.1 billion in economic output
- $316 million in earnings
- 11,081 jobs
Vermont is also home to industry leaders, such as GE Aviation and UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS), and an established, world-class supplier base of over 250 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with capabilities in the areas of:
- Aerospace design & engineering, aeromedical equipment, aircraft structures and sub-assemblies, aircraft airframes and engines, advanced ceramics, avionics, composites, electronics and electrical systems, fixtures and gages, fuel measurement, landing gears, plastics and polymers, precision machining, maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO), sensors & sensing systems, turbomachinery, and wire and cable assembly.
World class primes from Airbus, Bell Helicopter, BAE Systems, Boeing, Bombardier, GE Aviation, and Lockheed Martin to Pratt & Whitney, Northrop Grumman, Robinson and Sikorsky rely on Vermont’s manufacturers to design, build and deliver the finest quality products with innovation, speed to market and competitive advantage. The Boeing Company, for example, has 23 suppliers and vendors based in Vermont representing an $88.1 million spend and supporting an estimated 2,800 direct and indirect jobs.
Market opportunities for Vermont in manufacturing for aerospace and aviation include:
- Close proximity and access to a $28 billion Canadian Aerospace industry for enhanced and integrated supply chain;
- Increasing demand for precision tooling in the global commercial aircraft MRO market, which, according to Visiongain, already reached $49.2 billion in 2013 in response to growing demand for maintenance services to handle the global fleet of commercial aircraft; and
- Production of next generation fuel-efficient aircrafts with light-weight materials such as composites and advanced ceramics.
Aerospace and Aviation Primes, Integrators & Subcontractors (for exhibitors only)
A part of The CanRep Group, APP is an FAA approved Parts Manufacturing facility which manages the fabrication of various aircraft engine mount parts. We are a distributor of aircraft hardware, electrical and replacement parts, as well as being an approved Eastman and Castrol oils and lubricants distributor for the North East US. Our distribution line includes the Alglas group of cleaning products aimed at assisting aircraft operators, owners and maintainers keep the aircraft windows; IFE, Radar and instrument multi-functional displays clean and clear of static. These cleaning products are complimented with the PSI line of equipment providing solutions for servicing air, fuel, hydraulic lines in situ or in the shop. This later line is not limited to the aerospace environment and is used extensively in the oil and gas industry, food industry and anywhere hose, tube or pipe are found. Within our hardware products, APP maintains a wide selection of Helical wire inserts in both UNF/UNC and metric threads. The metric threaded inserts include the Rolls Royce approved line of AGS inserts used in large RR engines. Inserts are used in various applications to provide a positive means for repairing, protecting and strengthening all tapped threads. AeroParts Plus is an approved representative and stocking distributor of standard and specialty hinges from Aircraft Hinge of California.