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Aviation & Aerospace


Florida ranks 2nd among states for aviation, aerospace, and space establishments, with more than 2,000 aviation and aerospace companies employing some 83,200 workers. Florida's industry leadership is driven and supported by the presence of virtually every major defense contractor, a 50 year legacy of space launch at NASA's Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Spaceport, Florida's many U.S. military installations, its incredible air transport infrastructure, and its high quality workforce.


Areas of Excellence: aircraft and aircraft parts, avionics, propulsion systems, guided missiles and air defense systems, unmanned vehicles and systems, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

Select Companies in Florida: Boeing, DRS Technologies, Embraer, General Dynamics, L-3, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, Sikorsky.


Areas of Excellence: aeronautical systems, rockets and spacecraft, payload processing, satellite systems, commercial launch systems and support.

Select Companies in Florida: Astrotech, Boeing Space Operations, Harris Corporation, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney, SpaceX, United Launch Alliance.


Areas of Excellence: MRO, flight training, logistics, global air cargo, simulation/training, passenger to freighter conversions, avionics installation and retrofit, air travel.

Select Companies in Florida: Airbus, Commercial Jet, FedEx, Flight Safety International, LAN Cargo, Live TV, Signature Flight Support Corporation, Spirit Airlines, UPS

Fast Facts

  • Nearly 2,000 aviation and aerospace companies and their 84,000 employees are located in Florida
  • Florida is home to 2 of 8 licensed U.S. spaceports - in Cape Canaveral and Jacksonville
  • Miami International Airport is the #1 U.S. airport for international air cargo
  • Florida proudly hosts 20 major military installations and 3 unified commands
  • Florida's more than 100 public use airports support global commerce, and aircraft technology testing and manufacturing operations

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