Akron-based Event 38 has become a world market leader in easy-to-use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or drones), sensors and data analytics for use in construction, environmental conservation, mining, precision agriculture and surveying. The global market for unmanned aircraft systems continues to grow exponentially, and Ohio established the Ohio-Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex in Springfield, Ohio, to stay on the forefront.
Last month, as Crain’s Cleveland Business put it, “NASA Glenn Research Center dodged a bullet.” Congress will once again pass a bill to fund major programs at NASA Glenn. A version of the bill would have forced NASA Glenn to scale back its Solar Electric Propulsion program, a program the research center has been focused on in recent years. The proposed cut would not have only been a blow to the region’s economy, but also to Northeast Ohio’s position as a leader in aerospace advancement.
From the first powered flight by Ohio’s Wright Brothers to the first steps on the Moon by Ohio’s Neil Armstrong, the Buckeye State has led the way in air and space. It’s important to keep aerospace resources in Ohio. Not only does the industry provide 600,000 high-paying jobs nationwide, 17% of which are in Ohio, it’s America’s leading manufacturing export industry and generates a $61.2 billion foreign trade surplus.
No state has contributed more to America’s leadership in aerospace than Ohio. With world class research universities, federal research laboratories and research institutions, along with $9 billion in annual investment, Ohio is one of the world leaders in aerospace and aviation research and development. Boeing spent $9.2 billion with Ohio suppliers in 2013, more than Washington, New York, Texas and Florida combined.
Operating in Ohio are 8,500 aerospace supply chain establishments and market leading companies including GE Aviation, Parker Hannifin, Eaton, Timken and United Technologies Aerospace Systems. They provide many of the parts, components and systems for the 38,000 new airplanes, valued at over $5.6 trillion, that the world’s airlines will buy between now and 2035. More importantly, they provide jobs for Ohio citizens.
Ohio’s aerospace companies are investing heavily in additive manufacturing, advanced materials and other technologies to ensure they will have the competitive edge to win in the future aerospace marketplace. For example, Akron-based Event 38 has become a world market leader in easy-to-use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or drones), sensors and data analytics for use in construction, environmental conservation, mining, precision agriculture and surveying. The global market for unmanned aircraft systems continues to grow exponentially, and Ohio established the Ohio-Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex in Springfield, Ohio, to stay on the forefront.
All regions in Ohio are working together to grow the aerospace and aviation sector.
The Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee, chaired by state Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, includes aerospace and aviation industry leaders, military representatives, academic experts and government officials from around the state.
The committee is developing a singular, focused, statewide strategy to unite the aerospace and aviation community and ensure that Ohio’s rich aerospace and aviation legacy will lead the nation for years to come. The committee works closely with the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Council, a statewide industry-driven economic development organization designed to attract and retain key growth-oriented companies. It also works to strengthen Ohio’s aerospace sector, including federal, academic, and non-profit installations and assets.
Every Ohio resident should be proud of the state’s unsurpassed aerospace heritage and continuing leadership role. It all started here with the Wright Brothers and continues with the innovative research being performed in Ohio’s laboratories. Ohio is truly the birthplace, home and future of aerospace.
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