Game-changing aerospace technology takes off in Alabama

Innovation abounds in Alabama’s aerospace and aviation sector. There’s plenty more head-turning technology happening in manufacturing plants, design centers and testing labs across the state. Huntsville’s WestWind Group offers engineering, manufacturing, assembly and support services to a wide range of customers. One of its products, the Hoist Arm System, was developed as a mission kit to be mounted on Black Hawk helicopters to support rescue operations without requiring the aircraft to carry more than 200 pounds when it wasn’t in use. It’s currently being used by the U.S. Army MEDEVAC community, Saudi Arabian air rescue, Mexico border patrol and the U.S. Homeland Security Border Protection.