David Trent is site director of the Airbus Engineering Center in Mobile, Alabama, which specializes in air transport cabin and cargo systems. The center, which opened in 2007, now employs 220 workers. Trent spoke with visiting Aviation Week Editor-in-Chief Joe Anselmo and Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno.  What has it been like establishing an Airbus beachhead in North America, and what are airlines clamoring for these days from your engineers? It’s not easy to plant an ...

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