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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.

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    75 Million Annual Visitors

    Visit Orlando, 2019

  • 500+ People Per Week Added to the Population

    U.S. Census Bureau, 2019

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    233 Avg. Sunny Days Per Year

    National Climatic Data Center, 2019

  • No. 2 Highest Flight Training Employment in U.S.

    JobsEQ, 2019

Known for the companies we keep

Featured Aviation Companies

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.

Cessna

Cessna

Company: Cessna

Industry: Aviation and Airlines

No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 0-50

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FlightSafety International

FlightSafety International

Company: FlightSafety International

Industry: Aviation and Airlines

No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 0-50

JetBlue

JetBlue

Company: JetBlue

Industry: Aviation and Airlines

No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 1000-5000

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Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines

Company: Frontier Airlines

Industry: Aviation and Airlines

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Thales

Thales

Company: Thales

Industry: Aviation, Aerospace and Defense

No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 0-50

Signature Flight Support

Signature Flight Support

Company: Signature Flight Support

Industry: Aviation and Airlines

No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 0-50

Silver Airways

Silver Airways

Company: Silver Airways

Industry: Aviation and Airlines

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United Airlines

United Airlines

Company: United Airlines

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"Orlando’s commitment and openness to innovation is why Lilium chose to launch its service in Florida. We are pleased to work with Orlando to realize a sustainable future that is just a few years from now."

– Dr. Remo Gerber, COO at Lilium

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Transportation Destinations

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.

Lake Nona

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

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.

UCF Downtown/Creative Village

A brand new 60-acre downtown urban neighborhood including the UCF/Valencia Downtown campus of 7,000+ students. The commute between campuses averages 30 minutes providing a great opportunity for improved transportation connectivity.

Regional Activity Centers

Orlando as a region that grew up during the era of suburban sprawl. This means we are a community that relies on automobiles as the main mode of transportation to connect to dozens of regional activity centers spread-out across the entire central Florida regions.

Pilot Training Schools

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

JetBlue training simulator

“Orlando has been a great, central location for us. The city has a large focus on simulation & training, so it is a great place to be located….”

– Jeff Kruse

Director Inflight and Systems Operations Training at JetBlue

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

Download the City of Orlando vTOL White Paper

Get this overview of how the City of Orlando is positioned to support eVTOL operations and also optimizes an eVTOL network for residents and visitors.

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