Mobile - Last week (September 12), Airbus executives met Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and officials from the Mobile County, as well as industry and educational partners to formalize the launch of Flight Works Alabama, the new aviation experience center to be built in Mobile.
Last year in May, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced plans to build a training center at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley with Airbus to strengthen Alabama's workforce development efforts and inspire youth to pursue careers in aviation.
Flight Works Alabama will be the first step in lighting that spark in students from all across Alabama,Ivey said.
The meeting held on September 12 officially launched the construction of the facility, which should open in late 2019.
We have an opportunity and an obligation to explain the excitement of our aerospace industry to the public and especially to our youth. Flight Works Alabama is going to give us a multi-dimensional way to talk about the history of this area in aviation, how we currently build and assemble airplanes and the various technologies that are involved in that, and then the future opportunity of the aerospace industry. It is our obligation to inform, inspire, motivate and capture the youth of Alabama in our industry. And that's what we're going to do at Flight Works Alabama,said Allan McArtor, the deputy chairman of Airbus Americas.
Flight Works Alabama will be an 18,000 square foot learning and experience center hosting a sizeable interactive exhibition area, classrooms, workshops, a restaurant, and a gift shop.
The facility will be located next to the Airbus’ aircraft manufacturing facility at Mobile Aeroplex. The new training center will also be a gateway for public tours for the Airbus' A320 FAL.
Airbus is working with several Alabama-based companies and organizations including universities and other entities to outline innovative learning occasions.
During the event that was hosted by the European manufacturer on September 13, nine partners have signed to contribute educational opportunities including Auburn University, Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Troy University, Tuskegee University, University of South Alabama, University of Alabama and University of West Alabama.
Industry and community sponsors were also named during the meeting, including the Airbus Foundation, Alabama Power Foundation, Conde Systems, the Mobile County Commission, Mott MacDonald, Hoar Program Management, Johnson Controls, Mech-Net, Pratt & Whitney, Safran, and Snap-On.
Airbus said they are also in talks with potential sponsors.
Flight Works Alabama will depict various aspects of the center’s mission as the center will offer different experiences for each visitor.