America’s Growing Aviation Cluster Adds Mod Center

  America’s Growing Aviation Cluster Adds Mod Center

  Melbourne International welcomes aviation maintenance powerhouse MidairUSA

Business Wire

MELBOURNE, Fla. -- May 10, 2013

Melbourne International Airport (MLB), a dynamic and rapidly growing aviation
and aerospace manufacturing hub on Florida’s Space Coast, added another star
to its lineup with the grand opening today of MidairUSA’s Maintenance and
Engineering complex.

William "Billy" Moore, president MidairUSA, and Richard A. Ennis, executive
director Melbourne Inter ...

William "Billy" Moore, president MidairUSA, and Richard A. Ennis, executive
director Melbourne International Airport, sit in the cockpit of a Transaero
Airlines Boeing 747-400 currently undergoing modifications at the airport
(Photo: Business Wire)

MidairUSA, which brings a significant maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)
presence to the airport’s aviation and aerospace base, plans to build hangar
facilities designed to retrofit one of aviation history’s most reliable and
recognizable aircraft, the venerable Boeing 747.

“MidairUSA is committed to creating a significant local workforce that will
strengthen the airport’s growing aviation cluster,” said airport Executive
Director Richard A. Ennis. “The opening of the MidairUSA complex represents
another important step in the evolution of the Space Coast since the
retirement of NASA’s shuttle program.”

Indeed, the region continues to attract major aviation and aerospace tenants
seeking to take advantage of hiring a highly trained workforce with expertise
in every facet of aerospace and aviation manufacturing, including rocket

The airport has benefitted from that stellar workforce with the addition of
Brazilian aviation giant Embraer, Brazilian aviation engineering company Archo
Solutions Engineering USA, AAR Airlift Group and now aviation maintenance
powerhouse MidairUSA, whose parent company Midair S.A. operates worldwide.
These three alone have committed to add nearly 1,000 high-paying jobs to the

On the horizon is the promise of another 900 jobs at the airport with Northrop
Grumman’s planned Manned Aircraft Center of Excellence. Northrop Grumman
announced in March plans to nearly double its local workforce by choosing
Melbourne for one of five planned centers of excellence.

Embraer, AAR, MidairUSA, Northrop Grumman and others recognize what sets MLB,
Melbourne and the Space Coast apart, Ennis said.

“We offer the ideal location to retain and attract a highly skilled workforce
and a genuine business-first attitude that includes assistance with permitting
processes,” he said. “We have major airfield infrastructure in place for rapid

What’s more, the expanding presence of major aviation players such as Embraer
and Northrop Grumman have created undeniable synergy that has quickly
transformed the area into a burgeoning aviation manufacturing and maintenance

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