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Safran promotes its industrial role in Kentucky during Aviation/Aerospace Day


March 5, 2020

Safran Landing Systems had a key presence at Kentucky Aviation/Aerospace Day held last week in the state’s capital city of Frankfort.

The annual event is organized by Kentucky Aviation Association (KAA) in partnership with Kentucky Aerospace Industry Consortium (KAIC). Kentucky Aviation/Aerospace Day is designed to provide state legislators an opportunity to interact with the state's aerospace suppliers, secondary- and university-level aviation educational providers, as well as key airports and service providers. 

Contributor to the aerospace industry

In recent years, the state of Kentucky has made its mark as a national aerospace leader, with world-class facilities such as Safran Landing Systems in Walton. As one of the 80 aerospace companies in the state, Safran Landing Systems used the Kentucky Aviation/Aerospace Day event to spotlight the activity at its wheels and carbon brakes facility in Walton.

With nearly 350 employees, the facility performs carbon brake production and refurbishment for such North American carriers as Delta Air Lines, Air Canada and Spirit Airlines, with the company's products also used on military aircraft.

Key local employer

Drawing on its expertise in advanced manufacturing, Safran Landing Systems also plays a key role in bringing skills to the local workforce. The company partners with Gateway Community & Technical College to offer the Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program (AMT) through Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME).

The two-year Associate Degree program incorporates cutting-edge curriculum, paid working experience, paid tuition, and workshops on manufacturing best practices. Safran Landing Systems has provided employment opportunities for AMT students and for graduates of the program. The company also provides regular tours for local school groups interested in seeing today’s manufacturing in action.