South Australia is increasingly recognised as a world centre for the aerospace and aviation industries.
South Australia is home to a number of world-leading aerospace and aviation businesses. Many of them support large-value defence projects in maintenance and upgrades.
The aviation sector includes a pilot flight training centre
at Parafield, northern Adelaide, providing services to international airlines. The University of South Australia offers a degree in Civil Aviation
– one of only two university-owned and operated flying training facilities in Australia.
The world's largest land-based test range is in South Australia at Woomera
. The 127,000 square kilometre range hosts ground, air and space activities for Australian and international governments and commercial organisations.
South Australia also hosts the maritime surveillance operations of the Australian Defence Force at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Edinburgh base, north of Adelaide, and is the home to National Air Support, which provides civilian maritime surveillance for the Coastwatch border protection program.
Research and development
South Australia's aerospace and aviation industries are supported by a world-class research and development sector underpinned by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DTSO) situated near Edinburgh.
Many leading defence aerospace companies are based in South Australia - BAE Systems Australia, Raytheon Australia, Australian Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Cobham, QinetiQ and Nova Group. A full outline of the aerospace industry's capabilities can be found on the website of Defence SA.
Information on the safety regulation of civil air operations can be found on the website of the Civil Aviation Safey Authority.
Industry groups include:
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