More than 100 years ago, Austrian Aeronautics had pioneered Aviation history: In 1909, Austrian Igo Etrich developed the Etrich Taube, a monoplane aircraft that was the first military plane ever mass-produced in Austria and Germany. This plane became famous during World War I as the so called "Invisible Aircraft" and sometimes is also referred to as the "world's first stealth plane".

Throughout the past 100 years, business in aeronautics has changed. All over the world, companies involved in aeronautics gathered around the industrial supply chains of the original equipment manufacturers, among them a lot of Austrian companies. These companies successfully adapted to the supply chains that have a strong orientation towards exports and niche products. Austrian competences in aeronautics lie in seven market segments of which the biggest ones are "complex aircraft structures and components, innovative materials and manufacturing technology", "cabin interiors" and "equipment and aircraft electronics".

At the beginning of the new millennium, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) initiated the Austrian aeronautics research and technology promotion programme called TAKE OFF in order to provide the most efficient support to the Austrian aeronautics (supply) industries .

The dynamic growth of aeronautics in Austria is a direct outcome of the development of the Austrian aeronautics strategy for research, technology and innovation in 2007 in close cooperation between government and industry. Based on long-term considerations, this strategy aims to strengthen the industry and to improve its competitiveness and productivity by further development and coordination of the sector.

In 2009, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) commissioned a survey to acquire a database of all Austrian companies involved in aeronautics and their competences. 241 companies were identified, and 87 of them volunteered to present their competences and technologies in a brochure (pdf, 4.7MB) and on this website.

Last but not least, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology invites all Austrian companies, research organisations, universities and competence centres involved in aeronautics, which are not yet listed in the brochure, to register and present themselves on this website.