Dynamic Industrial and Innovation Ecosystem

Virginia provides an ideal home for the aerospace industry, which spans subsectors from headquarters to manufacturers and suppliers in the industry. Numerous engineering and IT firms operate in Virginia, advancing aerospace programs and developing new technologies. Major hubs of public and private R&D in Virginia include the National Institute of Aerospace, the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center, and NASA Langley Research Center.

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America's Top State for Talent

Ranked No. 2 in the U.S. for Education by CNBC, Virginia has a strong aerospace and UAS industry workforce, which is forecast to grow 8.5% over the next decade.

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A Steady Flow of New Talent

The aerospace industry draws talent from thousands of service members who exit the armed services in Virginia every year – many with security clearances – and the state’s growing demographics and excellent school systems ensure a steady flow of new talent. 

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Shenandoah Valley Airport

Robust Portfolio of Project-Ready Sites

Sites across all regions of Virginia are well suited to aviation industries, including at least 20 runway-adjacent sites at major airports for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) companies, and fixed-base operations (FBO).

World-class Transportation and Connectivity Infrastructure

For aerospace operations, Virginia’s prime infrastructure asset is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on the Eastern Shore, one of only five facilities authorized by the FAA to launch rockets into space, with full-service commercial launch and drone testing facilities. For corporate travelers, Virginia is serviced by 16 commercial airports, collectively providing nonstop flights to 100+ domestic and 50+ international destinations. Virginia is served by the third-largest port on the East Coast, two of the largest Class I railroads in the U.S., and six major interstate highways, including major north-south and east-west trucking routes.

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Dynamic Aviation Soars in Virginia

With more than 650 employees and a fleet of over 140 aircraft, including the world’s largest privately owned fleet of King Airs, Dynamic Aviation has operational experience in more than 80 countries. In 2020, Dynamic Aviation announced a $47.9 million expansion in the Shenandoah Valley to establish a new office space, composite shop, and a new hangar to house its legacy aircraft, including the first Air Force One.

Wallops Research Park

The Wallops Research Park, located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, is a prime location for aerospace and aviation operations, offering 200+ acres specifically for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and medium-class space launch vehicles. The location is ideal for companies that seek to leverage the capabilities of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) and NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

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Aeroprobe, Christiansburg

An Attractive, Stable, and Predictable Operating Environment

In 2022, Virginia was named America’s No. 3 Top State for Business by CNBC for its business-friendly regulations, stable tax environment, and competitive cost of doing business. Virginia is widely recognized as one of the best-run states in the country, ranked No. 2 for governance by U.S. News & World Report. Virginia has the 4th-lowest private-sector unionization rate in the country, competitive costs of doing business, and state and local taxes that are lower than the nationwide average.

  • Virginia is the northernmost right-to-work state along the I-95 corridor.
  • Virginia has had a stable 6% corporate income tax rate, one of the lowest in the nation, since 1972.

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