Fort Rucker, in south Alabama, is home to the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence. Everything from flight simulator cockpit design and training to MRO is happening in Dale County. Local colleges such as the Alabama Aviation Center’s main campus and Wallace College provide employers with a continual stream of aerospace ready employees to select from when hiring. Commercial, general and military aviation pilots and passengers are also in abundance in Dale County with the presence of the Dothan Regional Airport, Ozark’s Blackwell Field and multiple U.S. Military air fields.



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The Dothan Regional Airport is the Wiregrass' largest airport. The airport accommodates thousands of weekly commercial passengers through Delta partner Atlantic Southeast Airlines which connects passengers directly to Atlanta through five daily flights. The Dothan Regional Airport has paved runways of 8,498 feet and 5,500 feet.

Fort Rucker, Naval Air Service (NAS) Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field account for approximately 50% of the flights at the Dothan Regional Airport.

Aviation and aerospace industry is a major part of the Dothan Regional Airport's business with large MRO industries utilizing approximately 425,000 square feet of wide-body, fixed wing manufacturing space on the airport property.


Blackwell Field is home to a 5,152 foot paved runway offering commercial and general aviators an excellent air field for which to call home. Located at Blackwell are Bell Helicopter and the Alabama Aviation Center campus. Numerous acreage is available adjacent to the airfield and is excellent property for new aviation (rotary and fixed wing) industry as well as air cargo.

Aerospace Alliance

Alabama is a member of the Aerospace Alliance with Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The Alliance promotes aerospace business growth within the region.

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Aviation and Aerospace Simulation

Aviation simulators are a significant industry in Dale County with billions of dollars invested in equipment at Fort Rucker and in Daleville, Dothan and Ozark by companies such as CATI Training Systems, CSRA, Concord XXI USA, DynaLantic Corporation and FlightSafety International. Both fixed wing and rotary training simulators are present in the aviation simulation industry of Dale County.

Aerospace Engineering

Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is the aerospace engineering campus for South and Central Alabama. The engineering students take required coursework in aeronautical and astronautical systems with the design of aerospace components and systems playing a key role in their education. It is Auburn's largest and highest ranked college with approximately 5,300 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students.

Workforce Training


Degrees in welding, industrial automation technology, and industrial maintenance highlight some of the programs that make Dale County's Wallace Community College an essential partner in our aviation and aerospace workforce.

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Fort Rucker - U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence

Fort Rucker, named Army Aviation Center of Excellence in 2008, serves as the headquarters for Army Aviation. While the garrison command manages the daily operations of the Fort Rucker community, the Aviation Branch Headquarters develops, coordinates and deploys aviation operations, training and doctrine. There are 19,528 people on Post at Fort Rucker. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) training at Ft. Rucker provides year-round helicopter pilot training to 1,200 pilots from 27 countries.

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Alabama Aviation Center

The Alabama Aviation Center is the only training facility in the southeastern United States with the primary mission of preparing technicians to work in the aviation industry. Courses in industrial maintenance and welding and other technical aviation skills are offered, as well as dual-enrollment for high school juniors and seniors.


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All official high school and/or college transcripts are required for admissions. For more information or call 334-347-2623 ext. 3657

Course Offerings

  • Advanced Composites
  • Airframe & Powerplant
  • Avionics
  • Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL)
  • Mechatronics
  • AAC Certificates

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Students can get involved on campus in many different organizations! For more information on enrolling in one of the programs at any of our campuses, visit: or call 334-347-2623

  • Student Government Association
  • AWAM (Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance)
  • Student Support Services

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Federal, state, and institutional financial aid is available to help students and families. Educational benefits are also available to veteran service members and their dependents from all branches of the military. Every year, ESCC awards over $500K in scholarships. Scholarships are offered for merit, leadership, talent, athletic ability and more. The scholarship deadline is March 1st. We are committed to helping you find ways to fund your education.

Types of Financial Assistance:

  • Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Loans
  • Work Study
  • Veterans Education Programs

The Federal Financial Aid code for all Enterprise State College locations is: 001015
For more information contact: or 334-347-2623 ext. 2214

Programs Offered

Aviation Maintenance Technology

Airframe Technology
AMT students learn to construct, inspect, service and maintain aircraft:

  • Body
  • E-System
  • Navigation & Communication Systems
  • Inclement Weather Controls
  • Fire Protection System
  • Hydraulic/Pneumatic Systems
  • Braking Systems
  • Assembly & Rigging
  • Turbine Engines
  • Propellers
Program Completion Time:

6 Semesters, 2 Years
Graduates Receive and Associates Degree

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Aviation Maintenance Technology

Powerplant Technology
Prepares student to become an Aviation Maintenance technician with a powerplant endorsement:

  • Turbine Engines
  • Propellers
  • Electricity
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Engine Inspections
Program Completion Time:

6 Semesters, 2 Years
Graduates Receive and Associates Degree

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Avionics Technology

A career in the Aviation industry offers numerous benefits including a good salary, high job satisfaction, solid career potential and mobility. Avionics Technology Students learn to install, maintain, and repair electronics equipment such as:

  • Communication Radios
  • Navigation Radios
  • Weather Radars
  • On-Board Computers
  • Transponders
  • Autopilots
Program Completion Time:

6 Semesters, 2 Years
Graduates Receive and Associates Degree

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South Alabama Aerospace Firms

Dale County has the world-class aerospace technology companies to match its world-class aerospace workforce. It is the hub of aviation in South Alabama as the home of Fort Rucker as well as 25% of South Alabama’s Aerospace businesses. Dale County’s aviation industries are diversified in maintenance, repair, overhaul, simulation, flight training, and engineering.


  • M1 Support Services - Aviation Maintenance
  • Michelin-Dothan - Tire Manufacturing
  • Dale County Schools - Education
  • Dale Medical Center - Hospital Services
  • Commercial Jet - Aviation Maintenance
  • Ozark City Schools - Education
  • Covan International, Inc. - Headquarters and Distribution
  • Wiregrass Construction - Asphalt
  • General Dynamics - Aviation Simulation
  • E & H Steel Corporation - Structural Steel Fabrication


3247 South US Hwy 231
(inside the Ozark Airport)
Ozark, AL 36360
(334) 443-2000

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