MISSION: POSSIBLE! 18TH ANNUAL AEROSPACE CONFERENCE | SOARING TO SUCCESS BY ROBIN TOTH Governor’s Sector Lead and Director of Aerospace / Washington State Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness Welcome to Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance’s 18th Annual Aerospace Conference! I was recently appointed as Governor Jay Inslee’s Aerospace Sector Lead in the Department of Commerce, and am excited about the possibilities for Washington State in the NExT Aerospace Era. In my first three months, I have had the opportunity to meet with aerospace companies and economic development professionals across the state to learn more about the opportunities and challenges facing the industry, and how the Department of Commerce can help support current and anticipated growth of the industry. We segment industry into three major subsectors: » » Commercial Aviation – including aircraft manufacturing; maintenance, repair and overhaul; airlines; airports and air cargo; and aviation biofuels » » Space – including orbital; suborbital and commercial space travel » » Unmanned systems – including vehicle development; manufacturing and technologies Aircraft manufacturing – Washington State - $100B economic impact and 250,000 jobs Washington State leads the U.S. with the largest and most developed aerospace industry, placing it at the top of the list as the most competitive state for global aerospace manufacturing. This top ranking recognizes Washington’s leadership in aerospace sales, exports, profits and employment. More than 250,000 jobs are directly attributed to the aerospace industry, exceeding jobs in other large aerospace states including California and Texas; both significantly larger populations than Washington. The state is home to the third highest density of aerospace workers. The large number of workers and companies certainly help put Washington number one. However, in evaluating labor costs, the efficiency and productivity of the Washington workforce far outranks other locations. More aerospace output, per dollar cost of labor, is produced in our state versus any other state. Boeing, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, leads the Washington aerospace industry in economic impact and jobs. However, there are an additional 1,450 companies in Washington’s extensive aerospace supply chain with expertise in aerostructures, airframes, composites, advanced materials, aircraft interiors, engineering and tooling, avionics, IT, research and development, entertainment and navigation system. These suppliers also provide components to other global OEMs as well. Exciting developments in this industry include investments in next generation aircraft including electric, hyper and supersonic. Space 2.0 – Washington State - $1.8B economic impact and 6,200 jobs Many companies in this sector have been developing programs for more than six decades in Washington. Products include satellites, launch systems, and orbital and sub-orbital spacecraft. Commercialization of space has lowered the cost to build and launch spacecraft, and new applications have launched new space-related services and goods. Companies like Blue Origin, with a rocket production plant located in Kent, Washington, and SpaceX, with satellite manufacturing capabilities in Redmond and Seattle, are examples of this New Space contingent. Stratolaunch recently announced its new family of launch vehicles would enter regular service starting in 2020. The company’s unique air-launch system will use the world’s largest aircraft as a mobile launch platform. Products developed by Redmond’s Aerojet Rocketdyne have been powering the Mars InSight Lander and the New Horizons spacecraft. 46