Orlando is the one of the only cities bringing together all the partners for an end-to-end VTOL (vertical take off and landing) ecosystem. Orlando is a top VTOL hub due to favorable policy, engaged infrastructure partners, year-round flying weather, attractive cost of doing business, talented workforce and predictable transportation demand.
60 Million Annual Visitors
Visit Orlando, 2021
1000+ People per Week Added to the Population
UF BEBR, 2022
233 Avg. Sunny Days per Year
National Climatic Data Center, 2019
No. 2 Highest Flight Training Employment in U.S.
A successful VTOL ecosystem relies on ensuring takeoff and landing infrastructure is in place at destinations with predictable demand that allows for profitable VTOL operation. With Orlando’s high volume of business and leisure travelers heading to known destinations, we’re able to help transportation companies and infrastructure partner find ideal places for operations.
GEICO Garage Downtown
Located walking distance to the heart of downtown Orlando and Downtown Orlando’s existing helistop. The GEICO Garage is also just 10 miles from the airport, providing a great first connection point from the airport. The city-owned garage is connected to the Amway Center and also close in proximity to the entire downtown core.
Tavistock Development Company, developers of Lake Nona, have plans in place to allow Lake Nona to become an aerotropolis of which eVTOL is a key component. Lake Nona is a planned community, in Orlando with a single developer. The estimated 2020 population of Lake Nona is 75,000 – 100,000. Tavistock has a long history of working with the city and other partners to pilot and commercialize new ideas and technology.
Orange County Convention Center
Hosting 230 events with about 1.4 million attendees each year, the OCCC is one of the largest convention centers in the county and located in the heart of the attractions area. Direct pedestrian bridge connection to four hotels and last mile solutions for the entire attractions’ corridor.
THE NATION’S FRIENDLIEST STATE
For Autonomous Vehicle Legislation
Florida is one of the friendliest places in the world for autonomous vehicles (AV) legislation. Orlando’s hospitality roots extend beyond welcoming tourists from all over the world to new technologies and companies.
Orlando began exploring AV technology in 2011 with the connected vehicle-affiliated testing bed along I-4. In 2012, the Florida Automated Vehicles program was established to lead the state in developing best safety practices and promote awareness for AVs and relevant technology. Statewide, House Bill 7027 was passed in 2016, which cleared the way for all forms of AV testing.
Signed in June 2019, House Bill 311 solidifies Florida’s AV friendly stance by designating the autonomous driving system the official operator of vehicle and provides that a human operator is not required to operate a fully autonomous vehicle. HB 311 embraces the future of transportation by removing barriers to the advancement of autonomous vehicles and establishing a statewide statutory framework.
Connect with a Subject Matter Expert
Get with touch with Casey Barnes, VP of Business Development, to learn more about how Orlando can support your talent and workforce needs.
Call him today: 407.902.2440
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ORLANDO. YOU DON’T KNOW THE HALF OF IT.
Additional Focus Areas
Aerospace & Defense
Orlando is at the center of an enormous cluster of aviation, aerospace and defense companies.
Simulation-based technology has been a key ingredient to Orlando’s economy since it was first developed to take man to the moon.
Orlando’s dynamic technology industry continues to propel the innovative economy.