Orlando aviation aerospace and defense industry

Aviation, Aerospace & Defense

Known as the Modeling, Simulation and Training (MS&T) capital of the world, Orlando is home to the simulation procurement commands for the Army and Navy and has a significant presence of the Air Force and Marines. In total, more than $4 billion in annual simulation contracts flow through the region, the majority of which is awarded to local companies and subcontractors.

The region has five airports (including MCO and SFB) with more than 175 non-stop destinations around the world, a new commuter rail system, upcoming statewide rail system, close proximity to major ports (including the world’s only quadramodal port) and strong roadways. All of this connectivity is invaluable for business.

BY THE NUMBERS


FOCUS AREAS

  • Defense Industry
  • Modeling, Simulation & Training (MS&T)
  • Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO)
  • Optics & Photonics
  • Cybersecurity

INDUSTRY LEADERS

  • AVT Simulation
  • BBA // Signature Flight Support
  • Carley Corporation
  • Cessna
  • FlightSafety International
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Kaman Precision Products
  • Kratos Training Solutions
  • L-3 Communications - Advanced Laser Systems
  • Leidos
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Progressive Aerodyne
  • Raytheon Technical Services Company
  • The DiSTI Corporation
  • Wipaire

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Casey Barnes
Vice President
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In The News

The Orlando region was well represented at the world's largest business aviation conference - the National Business Aviation Association's (NBAA) Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition - Nov. 1-3 at the Orange County Convention Center. The Orlando EDC hosted a booth in partnership with Lake County and the City of Sanford located across from the Enterprise Florida booth. One aisle over, the City of Kissimmee and Kissimmee Gateway Airport also had a booth.

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Our growing dependency on technology for everything from banking to travel has created a high demand for cybersecurity positions. Many of Orlando’s higher education institutions have taken the initiative to create unique programs to develop future cyber defense professionals and leaders. These programs have proved successful, receiving national recognition and awards.

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