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Orlando is a premier aviation location due to its year-round flying weather, attractive cost of doing business, talented workforce and hyper-connected air access with five public-use airports in the region. No de-icing required.

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Known for the companies we keep

80 percent of workers in Orlando are employed outside of the leisure and hospitality industry. We’re a little more industrial than you might think.

Allegiant Airlines

Allegiant Air is an American budget airline that operates scheduled and charter flights.

Company: Allegiant Airlines

Industry: Aviation and Airlines

Company Size (Employees): 500-1000

FlightSafety International

FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to…

Company: FlightSafety International

Industry: Aviation and Airlines

Company Size (Employees): 0-50


JetBlue operates one of its three national training centers at Orlando International Airport (MCO), called its Orlando Support Campus.

Company: JetBlue

Industry: Aviation and Airlines

Company Size (Employees): 1000-5000

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Frontier Airlines

Frontier operates a maintenance hanger and training center at Orlando International Airport.

Company: Frontier Airlines

Industry: Aviation and Airlines

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Thales is a French multinational company that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defense, transportation…

Company: Thales

Industry: Aviation, Aerospace and Defense

Company Size (Employees): 0-50

Signature Flight Support

Company: Signature Flight Support

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Company: SIMCOM

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Wipaire is a third-generation family-owned American aircraft manufacturing and repair company.

Company: Wipaire

Industry: Aviation, Aerospace and Defense

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"jetBlue may be New York’s Hometown Airline™, but Orlando is our ‘home away from home.’"

– Captain Warren Christie, Vice President at JetBlue

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Major Developments

It’s more than fun and games here – these companies mean business.

SIMCOM Expands Headquarters in Orlando

SIMCOM is investing $109 million in new headquarters and training facility in the heart of Lake Nona’s downtown district.

Lilium Establishes First U.S. Vertiport in Orlando

Lilium established its first U.S. vertiport in Orlando’s Lake Nona, planning to create 143 new jobs and build a 56,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility.

It’s a smart world After All

Orlando universities offer specialized programs dedicated to preparing the future of aviation.


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

College of Aviation departments include Aeronautical Science, Applied Aviation Science, Aviation Maintenance Science, Flight and Graduate Studies.

College of Aviation


Florida Institute of Technology

The College of Aeronautics at Florida Tech educates some of the best and brightest professionals in the global aviation community.

College of Aeronautics

University of Central Florida

Focuses on teaching the proper techniques for installation of electronic equipment for navigation and communication systems of an aircraft.

Avionics Technician Program

Pilot Training Schools

Institutions in the Orlando region are training the future workforce to meet the commercial pilot shortage.


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