Target Business Sectors

Aviation & Aerospace

 Why are so many aviation & aerospace companies located in Greater Fort Lauderdale?

•  More than 46,000 aviation
 workers are employed in the region.

•  Aviation & aerospace programs and degrees provide continuous graduating talent available for recruitment

•  35 colleges and universities with over 300,000 students provide a large, diverse talent pool for numerous occupations.

•  10 airports, including 3 international and 7 private.

•  Zero state income tax.

•  Access to over 6.1 million people and 90+ languages.

•  Florida is ranked 1st in the nation for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness.

•  Florida is ranked 2nd in the nation for the number of aviation, aerospace and space establishments. 

Greater Fort Lauderdale's aviation is a multibillion-dollar sector, including airlines, general aviation, airports, airframe and engine manufacturers, component parts suppliers, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses, and allied industries such as banking and insurance.

It's hub is Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), which has a total economic impact of $37.5 billion annually.

Many companies in the aviation sector invest are also investing in Greater Fort Lauderdale, including GA Telesis, GE Aviation, Heico, and Turbine Controls. The region's schools, colleges and universities offer a variety of programs to educate and train skilled workers in the aviation and aerospace sectors.

Leading Greater Fort Lauderdale Based Aviation Companies include:

CDB Aviation (China Development Bank), CTS Jet Engines, Embraer, GA Telesis, GE Aviation, Heico Corporation, International Aircraft Associates, JetBlue, Kellstrom Aerospace Group, OSM Aviation, Sintavia, Spirit, Turbine Controls, Inc., and Wayman Aviation.

Tax exemptions on Aviation include:

Maintenance or Repair of Aircraft  
The amount charged customers for labor associated with the maintenance or repair of:
• Fixed wing aircraft with a maximum certified takeoff weight of more than 15,000
pounds; and,
• Rotary wing aircraft (e.g., helicopters) with a maximum certified takeoff weight of more
than 10,000 pounds is exempt from sales and use tax.

Equipment Used in Aircraft Repair or Maintenance
The sale of equipment used to maintain or repair fixed wing aircraft and rotary wing aircraft is exempt from sales and use tax when the equipment:
• Includes replacement engines, parts, and/or equipment used to maintain or repair the aircraft; and,
• Is used on an aircraft with a maximum certified takeoff weight of 15,000 pounds, OR a rotary wing aircraft with a maximum certified takeoff weight of more than 10,300 pounds; and,
• Is installed on aircraft maintained or repaired in Florida.

Fixed Wing Aircraft Sales or Leases
An exemption from sales and use tax applies to the sale or lease of fixed wing aircraft:
• Having a maximum certified takeoff weight of more than 15,000 pounds; and,
• Used by a “common carrier,” as defined in Federal Aviation Administration regulations
(Title 14, chapter I, part 128 or 129, Code of Federal Regulations).

A Training Facility and Degree Offerings:

Broward College and Diversified Companies partnered to build an aviation facility at the North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines. The new facility has 91 hangars, exclusive pilots lounge, and a home for the expansion of Broward College's Emil Buehler Aviation Institute. Broward College also launched a partnership with Tropic Ocean Airways and with Phoenix East Aviation to become the aviation training provider for its flight training program.

Broward College is leasing space at the airport facility for its Aviation Maintenance Management Associate of Science program. Two large hangars are connected to four classrooms, faculty offices, and show space for its A&P mechanics program. In addition, Broward College also offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Sciences. It builds on the three associate degrees and five certificate programs the college currently offers and includes professional pilot and aerospace management tracks.

A Regional Maintenance Council:

The South Florida Aviation Maintenance Council (SFAMC) promotes the region's Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) service sector. It unites the aviation community regionally in order to support, encourage, educate and promote the significant base of maintenance operations in the area. The Alliance works closely with the SFAMC to build and support the aviation industry in Greater Fort Lauderdale. South Florida is home to hundreds of MRO companies providing a major economic impact to the local community.

Putting South Florida Aviation “On the Map”
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and regional partners were proud to unveil a new Aviation Asset Map in Summer 2020. This asset map is meant to help tell the story of aviation in South Florida and showcase the large cluster of aviation industry businesses including MROs, parts companies, training facilities, airports, FBOs, carriers and OEMs. The map will be shared with Broward County Public Schools to capture the curiosity of students who may not be aware of the various career opportunities in the industry. The map will also be available to aviation associations and the private sector, future conferences and will be used to promote the region to potential investors. To download the map, click here

For more information about the aviation industry focus area of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul in Greater Fort Lauderdale, please click on "Start Prezi" below and then click on the right arrow at the bottom of the image to scroll through the presentation. 

For aviation and aerospace business location and expansion information, please contact the Alliance's aviation expert, Pierre Taschereau at 954-627-0128 or via email at