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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In The News

Orlando is recognized as the Modeling, Simulation & Training (MS&T) capital of the world – so it is no surprise that I/ITSEC, as 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 (93 exhibitors) have a business presence in Orlando.

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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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