130,000 aerospace workers: The aerospace and aviation industry directly employs over 130,000 Texas workers at 1,300 establishments.
$95,414: The average annual salary for select aerospace workers in Texas is $95,414.
15 active military bases: Texas is home to 15 active military bases with more than 170,000 military personnel.
No problem, Houston: NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is the hub for the world’s operations in outer space.
Major airport capacity: From Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) to San Antonio International (SAT), Texas has six of the 50 busiest airports in the nation (measured by passengers boarded). Dallas and Houston have two airports each. Texas also has two major international industrial airports, Port San Antonio at the former Kelly AFB and Fort Worth Alliance Airport. In sum, Texas has 26 commercial airports serving 22 cities and a robust civil aviation culture.
Commercial space: In August 2014, the state offered $2.3 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund, the nation’s largest deal-closing fund, to bring SpaceX’s commercial rocket launch facility to the Brownsville area. Contingent upon final approvals and required permits, SpaceX’s new facility will create 300 jobs, pump $85 million in capital investment into the local economy, and serve as the nation’s first commercial rocket launch facility. Elsewhere in the state, one of the world’s largest helicopter repair facilities resides in Corpus Christi, while the cities of Waco, Amarillo, El Paso, Wichita Falls, McAllen, and Harlingen all support manufacturing facilities for various Fortune 500 aerospace companies.
Educated workforce: Texas State Technical College in Waco uses its own airport – the largest airport owned and operated by a public educational institution – to teach a full range of FAA-approved programs, ranging from Aviation Maintenance to Pilot Training. The University of Texas in Austin, UT Arlington, Texas A&M and Rice University all have full departments dedicated to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, graduating many informed, astute engineers each year. St. Philip's College in San Antonio is a leader in partnering with business, and has developed its programs with Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Chromalloy, ST Aerospace, Cessna Citation, M-7, Standard Aero, Gore Design, and the U.S. Air Force. St Philips’ FAA Airframe & Power Plant license, the Avionics Certificate and a nationally-recognized dual credit aerospace academy are taught by FAA-certified educators.
Aerospace does business in Texas: Boeing, Lockheed Martin, L-3 and Bell Helicopter operate aerospace product manufacturing facilities; Southwest and American airlines maintain headquarters in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, and 14 aerospace companies perform defense contracts in Texas.
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