As an emerging industry, aerospace is quickly becoming an important factor in Idaho’s economy.

Our vast airspace and technological capabilities make Idaho uniquely positioned to play a significant role in the research, development, and testing of aviation-related products. Companies like Quest, Empire Airlines, and Horizon have realized that the state’s proximity to several large international airports, coupled with our competitive business climate, make Idaho an ideal place to do business.

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Currently, northern Idaho is home to more than three dozen aerospace companies, and more are landing in the region every year. This diverse array of small and mid-size businesses employ about 650 people who are involved in the production and service of aircraft.

In addition to commercial and private aviation businesses, Idaho is also taking advantage of our vast airspace to begin an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program, with the goal of becoming a leader in supporting the integration of unmanned aircraft into the nation’s airspace.

Aerospace Industry one-sheet

Aerospace in Idaho

  • 160 Establishments
  • 2,500 Jobs
  • $66,200 Average Yearly Earnings
  • 41% 10-Year Projected Growth Rate