Ohio is pushing the boundaries through cutting-edge research and collaborative partnerships
The Wright brothers established Ohio as the birthplace of aviation through their work to make controlled flight possible. Today, cutting-edge research and collaborative partnerships keep Ohio on the map as the epicenter for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), hybrid electric engines and other advanced aerospace technologies.
From commercial aircraft engines and fluid handling to navigation systems and infrared imaging sensors, more than 540 aerospace and aviation companies in Ohio provide access to products and services critical to the industry and its advancement.
In Ohio, these companies benefit from:
- Significant statewide R&D investments and industry-leading research centers. With $12 billion in annual R&D investment, Ohio is home to institutions at the leading edge of advanced aircraft development and space research, including the NASA Glenn Research Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Battelle and the Ohio UAS Center.
- Highly skilled workers and a growing talent pool. Ohio is home to more than 38,000 aerospace and aviation private sector professionals. In addition, more than 80 campuses in Ohio have engineering programs, including the nation’s largest public university, The Ohio State University. These institutions graduate more than 13,000 engineers and engineering technicians annually.
- Unparalleled access to manufacturers, suppliers and buyers. As the nation’s leading supplier state to Airbus and Boeing, Ohio has proven expertise and productivity in an established supply chain, with key competencies including propulsion, landing and braking systems, advanced materials, fluid handling and motion control, unmanned aerial systems, as well as sensors and integrated aircraft systems.
Collaboration with academia, government and industry-leading organizations. Ohio companies are forming innovative partnerships to enhance capabilities and explore and develop new technologies. Recently, Dayton-based VyrtX announced an expansion to Springfield to partner with the ARFL and the Ohio UAS Center to develop technology allowing for the potential transport of organ donations between hospitals by drones.
Aerospace & Aviation in Ohio
Ohio’s aerospace and aviation industry is known for its research, leadership and industrious workforce. This reputation has helped attract, build and nurture a comprehensive aerospace and aviation industry capable of taking innovation to new heights. Download the Ohio Aerospace & Aviation Industry Map.
JobsOhio is committed to supporting pioneers in the state and driving industry-changing innovation. That’s why we created the JobsOhio Research & Development (R&D) Center Grant which includes up to $100 million of overall funding assistance that helps facilitate the creation of new R&D centers across Ohio in nine targeted industries.