Four reasons why aviation & aerospace is taking off in Florida


Find the exceptional talent you need with Florida’s #1-ranked aviation and aerospace workforce.

From rocket scientists to pilots, Florida has it all. At nearly 85,000 strong, your business will benefit from a talent pool that includes former NASA employees and more than 65,000 active duty military personnel.

2Industry Leaders

Access robust supply chains with an industry presence anchored by leaders like Embraer, Northrop Grumman, Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin.

More than 2,100+ aviation and aerospace companies, including virtually every major defense contractor from the U.S. and abroad, have major operations in Florida. PWC ranks Florida #2 in the country for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness.


With two spaceports, 20 commercial airports and 120 public-use airports, Florida has the right infrastructure to get your business off the ground.

Whether your focus is R&D or air travel, Florida’s strategic position as the world’s premier gateway to space and the undisputed air traffic hub of the Western Hemisphere will take your business to new heights.

4Tax Advantages

Florida’s industry-specific tax advantages will help your business soar.

Florida offers special sales and use tax exemptions for the aviation and aerospace industry, including commercial space activity, manufacturing equipment, and aircraft parts, modification, maintenance and repair.


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2,100+Aviation & Aerospace
Companies in Florida

home to the industry’s top flight

  • Northrup Grumman
  • Airbus
  • Lockheed Martin
  • General Dynamics
  • Honeywell
  • Bba Aviation
  • L3
  • Embraer
  • Fedex
  • Drs Technologies
  • Raytheon

Areas of Excellence

cover-brief-aviation-aerospace-floridaFlorida has long been the world’s premier gateway to space, undisputed air traffic hub for the western hemisphere, a major center for flight training and MRO, and home to manufacturing of aircraft and aviation/aerospace components. Few states can match the broad range of industry expertise available in Florida.


Florida Gives You the Moon and More
The nation’s historic gateway to space is home to two spaceports, leading the way into a new era of commercial space travel. - Download to learn more.


Success today requires global access. Florida offers one of the most extensive transportation systems in the world, so you can reach your customers and suppliers anywhere, fast. Whether you’re serving Florida’s large market, the U.S., Latin America, or the globe, no other state can expand your reach like Florida.


Consistently ranked one of the best states for business, Florida is committed to keeping regulatory requirements and business taxes low.

Why Florida?

Some States Will Promise Your Business The Moon. We Can Actually Deliver It.

Advantages For Aviation Aerospace Companies in Florida

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Florida's Economy

Having led other manufacturing site searches around the globe, what I can share is a confirmation of what we experienced here and have come to expect. Florida is a great place to do business from every perspective: a strong pro-business environment, a skilled workforce and an important mix of industrial capabilities to run a global operation.

Marco TÚlio Pellegrini

President and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets

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