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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William Parsons
Director, Business Development
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In The News

Orlando is a leading market for aerospace and defense industries thanks to strong partnerships between educational institutions, STEM programs and advanced manufacturing companies like Lockheed Martin. Together they ensure the next generation will have the skills, training and careers to innovate cutting-edge technology to support the nation and region well into the future.

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Simulation-based technology has been a key ingredient to Orlando’s economy since it was developed to take man to the moon. Now, the technology spans many of Orlando’s core industries from aviation, aerospace and defense to education, healthcare and even gaming.

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Orlando is recognized as the Modeling, Simulation & Training (MS&T) capital of the world – so it is no surprise that I/ITSEC, the world’s largest MS&T conference, chooses Orlando to host nearly 15,000 industry, academia and government attendees each year. Over 400 companies will exhibit at I/ITSEC, over 20 percent of which have a business presence in Orlando.

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Long before Orlando became the theme park capital of the world, Lockheed Martin decided to open a complex in Orlando to support America’s space race. Its presence has grown ever since. With more than 7,000 employees located in Orlando, Lockheed Martin continues its commitment to our community through partnerships with education, dedication to STEM programs for students at every level, and projects to expand its footprint that support our workforce.

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As any CEO in the science, technology, engineering or manufacturing space already knows, the STEM shortage is real. Baby Boomers are retiring in droves, leaving companies struggling to fill skilled jobs with a limited pool of talent. According to Chief Executive’s most recent CEO Confidence Survey, the availability of a skilled workforce ranks No. 2 among CEOs’ greatest concerns, the No. 1 fear being another recession.

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Lockheed Martin has found success in the Orlando region for decades by partnering with educational institutions. Orlando’s steady pipeline of aircraft and aerospace engineers from one of the nation’s first technical schools combined with Florida’s friendly business climate has given Lockheed Martin a competitive advantage and enabled the company to win numerous major U.S. defense contracts.

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