A Maryland aerospace company will relocate its office to Stafford Regional Airport, where it has a three-year lease.

The move is intended to provide NX Aviation, which was founded in Westover, Md. in 2015, with access to the National Capital Region customers, as well as room to grow at a facility that can support upcoming customers and projects.

NX Aviation has performed engineering and flight test services for a number of customers including the development of precision-agriculture flight systems for a company in New Jersey, Counter-Drone Aggressor testing for a new counter-drone system, and also aircraft trade studies and analysis for the U.S. Department of Energy.

These contracts helped NX Aviation grow by a factor of 10 between 2017 and 2018, according to the company's news release. It said that projections for 2019 are expected to increase growth through 2020.

Stafford Airport is ideal for NX Aviation, as the company is launching a program to fly new electric motors for aircraft, as well as a number of other specialized flight programs. It also will be providing training to counter-drone system customers in support of the new counter-drone system. The company is already negotiating with customers for both the electronic motors and counter-drone programs, and expects to announce the first contracts later this year.

Growing these programs requires the specific capabilities of Stafford Airport. The airport provides fuel, hangar space and office space. Additionally, the airport is looking to open a maintenance shop for its tenants, to which NX Aviation will be a regular customer.

These two programs will have a direct impact on the local economy. In addition to fuel sales and maintenance work, NX Aviation’s customers for its flight programs will span the United States and potentially the globe. These customers will stay in local hotels, eat at local restaurants, and use local Uber drivers and rental cars. NX Aviation anticipates a boon to the local economy by offering these services.

Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407


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