First in Flight: The future of flying
Appeared as a sponsored section in the February 2018 issue of Business North Carolina
The birthplace of aviation reaches new heights as international airports and aerospace manufacturing extend North Carolina’s global reach.
Aviators Orville and Wilbur Wright made their historic flight in December 1903, and the world started shrinking. It marked the end of weeks-long trips across the country and months-long crossings of the Atlantic Ocean. Today, North Carolina’s international airports are moving people and goods across the globe. They give fuel to a thriving aerospace manufacturing industry producing everything from the next generation of components to the enormous panels on the torsos of the world’s most popular planes. The state’s aviation industry makes an annual economic impact of more than $40 billion, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation. Read more about this sector of the state’s soaring economy inside these pages.