Aviation / Aerospace

The Rio Grande and Estancia Valleys have been a magnet for flying, gliding, and ballooning for many years. The clear skies, cool mornings, passion and talent in the community have all contributed to a burgeoning aviation and aerospace cluster in this region. This includes: 

  • Aviation manufacturing
  • Components
  • Control systems
  • Drone technology
  • Gliding
  • Servicing
  • And more
Airplane Flying Overhead

Strategies

  • Capitalize on the rail in the region and increase the amount of commercial rail to transport aircraft components
  • Continue to make improvements to the Double Eagle II Airport
  • Continue to support airport improvements in rural areas
  • Continue to support the growth and diversification of the aviation/aerospace cluster
  • Develop a logistics hub that brings assembly jobs to the region and makes the ABQ metro area, with its access to rail, highway, and air transport, an inland port
  • Increase collaboration on aviation and aerospace technology with Sandia National Laboratory, the University of New Mexico and the Air Force Research Lab
  • Increase recruitment of aviation related companies
  • Promote use of the FTZ and sub zones in the four county area, including a possible Alternative Site Framework
  • Support the Aviation Center of Excellence and other aviation-cluster focused business centers
  • Support a commercial air, rail and logistics hub in the ABQ Metro area to facilitate assembly, manufacturing and transport of aviation-related components
  • Support non-stop flights to ABQ from other major cities

Partners

  • Air Force Research Labs
  • Belen Airport
  • Central New Mexico Community College
  • City of Albuquerque and City of ABQ Aviation
  • City of Moriarty Airport
  • Estancia Valley Economic Development Association
  • Sandia National Labs
  • The University of New Mexico

Measures

  • An increase in the number of non-stop flights from major cities
  • Development of a Center of Excellence for the aviation cluster
  • Development of a public and private transportation and logistics facility