The highly strategic aerospace sector is the number one exporting industry in Aquitaine.
The Gironde is a base for half of the Aquitaine establishments linked to the Aeronautics, Space and Defence (ASD) sector and almost two thirds of its turnover.
One of the pillars of the Aerospace Valley competitiveness cluster
The Bordeaux agglomeration and Aquitaine form one of the two pillars of the global Aerospace Valley cluster. This competitiveness cluster now has 620 members and aims mainly to:
- consolidate its world leadership in civil aviation;
- consolidate its leading European position in the field of Space;
- consolidate its position of excellence in embedded systems.
From the big names in the sector – Thales, Dassault, Airbus, SAFRAN HErakles, etc. – to cutting-edge subcontractors, the Gironde today offers a wide range of expertise and key technology in the Aeronautics ecosystem, both in the civilian and the military field:
- Aircraft construction
- Maintenance and operational maintenance (MRO – MCO)
- Strategic and tactical spatial propulsion
- High performance advanced and composite materials
- Embedded systems, cockpit and HMI systems
- Civilian and military trials centres
- Interior design of aircraft
- Aircraft and satellite flight systems and controls
- Services and Systems UAVs
- Support for defence activities
Bordeaux Aéroparc: the largest French technology park dedicated to the sector.
At the centre of the cluster, close to the Bordeaux Airport, the Aéroparc extends over more than 1,500 ha and is the leading technology park in the aeronautics sector.
110 companies have already set up there including DASSAULT, THALES, SAFRAN HErakles, Airbus and SABENA, representing 15,000 jobs.
The arrival of the CFSA in 2008 and SIMMAD in 2012 has strengthened the aviation hub by 800 people. The establishment of these two entities which provide support and operational maintenance for any craft that flies in the army confirms Bordeaux and the Gironde’s military aircraft vocation and dynamic.
The CESA is a UAV testing centre 10 km from the Aéroparc. It is unique in France and allows the user to perform test flights in a permanent, large (2,855 hectares of land) segregated space which complies with the legislation.
Bordeaux Technowest and the Bordeaux Aéroparc are two structures dedicated to companies, especially those in the aeronautics/space/defence sectors, and are putting every effort into making this site a place of excellence, hospitality and business development.
With Aérocampus, Aquitaine is looking to become the European leader in civil aircraft maintenance
The Aérocampus is today the only European campus to offer a combination of training courses in aviation maintenance from the professional school-leaver’s qualification (the “Bac Pro”) to the Engineering School graduate level (Supaéro, Enac …). Initial training, ongoing education and training of trainers are taught at this former military site near Bordeaux, situated over 26 ha, including 20,000 m2 of educational buildings.
In total, nearly 200 specialised training courses tailored to the needs of businesses are currently dispensed in the Gironde. These range from the professional aptitude certificate (CAP) to Masters. The courses are given:
- by The University of Bordeaux;
- by Engineering Schools such as the ENSEIRB-MATMECA or the Arts & Trades School;
- on the site of the Institut de Maintenance Aéronautique;
- on the site of the Aérocampus.