Aviation & Aerospace

Amarillo is a solid base of operations for companies developing the latest advances in aviation, as well as those supporting it. We are home to the leader in vertical flight, Bell Helicopter, as well as an important service hub for maintenance specialist TACAir. With these well-established enterprises, Amarillo has the existing supply lines and specialized talent pool to support additional aviation and aerospace enterprises.

Bell Helicopter

Bell Helicopter builds highly specialized machines that are relied upon throughout the world to support our troops with the latest in aviation, help companies accurately assess their assets, and protect the public by fighting fires and crime.  At the Bell Helicopter Military Aircraft Assembly Center here in Amarillo, they’re building the revolutionary V-22 Osprey and upgrading the Cobra and Huey for 21st Century military missions. They are also planning to expand their facility, thanks to $6 million in financing assistance from the Amarillo EDC, to house another 525 commercial helicopters. 


Keeping aircraft operating at their top performance is a complex but critical task. TACAir’s operation in Amarillo ensures exactly that happens for their customers throughout the US. Whether it’s serving as a quick-turn pit crew of sorts for planes to more intricate maintenance needs, the specialized facilities and staff in Amarillo make it possible.

Leading Edge Aviation Services

Leveraging the centralized US position in Amarillo, Leading Edge serves the needs of many corporate clients with their aircraft service operations. Their industry leading environmental controls help ensure their aircraft painting services protect the Amarillo environment.

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Doug Nelson

Interim President & CEO

Brian Jennings, CEcD, EDFP

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Steve Pritchett, CEcD

Vice President, Business Development

Reagan Hales

Director, Marketing & Communications

Andy Arias

Servicing Officer, Financial Services

Chris Lyles

Office Administrator