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

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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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 300 companies will exhibit at I/ITSEC, over a third of which have a business presence in Orlando.

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The Orlando region is home to top-notch flight safety and pilot training programs with direct connections to Central Florida’s renowned simulation industry. An attractive home for aviation training centers, Orlando is primed to meet the demands of the fast-growing aviation industry with its high-quality talent pipeline, advanced simulation and training cluster, aviation training infrastructure and regional assets including two world-class international airports.

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