Ground broken on Flight Works Alabama

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala (WKRG) — Ground was broken Wednesday for a unique entertainment and education center at the Brookley Aeroplex. Flight Works Alabama will tell the story and science of flight, and show how planes are made at Mobile’s Airbus Final Assembly Line.
 
“We want to not only inform them, but inspire them about the aerospace industry, and in particular, Airbus,” said Airbus Chairman Emeritus Allan McArtor. “This is a hands-on environment where they can not just look at things, but get in there and make things happen. It’s going to be a very cool program.”
 
Flight Works Alabama will be an 18,000-square-foot experience center with virtual reality and hands-on exhibits, interactive exhibitions, and classrooms. The experience will be enjoyable to adults, but possibly inspirational to students.
 
“This is the education portion of our investment in this community,” said Jeff Knittel, CEO of Airbus Americas.
 
Airbus has been making planes in Mobile for several years, but it’s hoped the new Flight Works Alabama will make the assembly facility more accessible and more a part of the community. Located on the southwest corner of South Broad Street and Aerospace Drive, Flight Works Alabama will also serve as the gateway for public tours of Airbus’ A320 final assembly line.
 
“It is part of our Airbus investment in Alabama and specifically Mobile and quite honestly, the U.S.,” Knittel said.  
 
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield attended Wednesday’s ceremony, along with Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson, and Mobile County Commission President Connie Hudson.
 
Flight Works Alabama is scheduled to open late next year. It will cost more than $6,000,000 to construct. The City of Mobile will contribute $750,000 and Mobile County $500,000.

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