Simulation Industries in Orlando
Think Orlando is all about theme parks and attractions? Think again. The Theme Park Capital of the World also plays a key role in the field of simulation technologies, earning us the title of Modeling, Simulation & Training (MS&T) Capital of the World.
As part of that distinction, we host The National Center for Simulation, as well as the simulation procurement commands for the U.S. Army and Navy. We’re also proud to have a significant presence in the Air Force and Marines. What’s more, over $4 billion in simulation contracts flow through the region annually, with the lion’s share being awarded to local companies and their subcontractors.
Our standing in the field of simulation technologies is spurred in part by our connectivity, starting with five area airports that include Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB). With MCO — one of J.D. Powers & Associates’ top mega airports in the U.S. for customer satisfaction — leading the way, Orlando offers more than 150 non-stop flights from destinations all over the world. What’s more, our airlift capabilities are supported by a new commuter rail system, close proximity to major ports (including the world’s only quadramodal port), and strong roadways, with a statewide, high-speed rail system coming in 2022 courtesy of Brightline.
As a result, we boast an impressive lineup of simulation leaders in the areas of defense, MS&T, optics & photonics, cybersecurity, and maintenance, repair and overhaul. They include:
- AVT Simulation
- BBA Aviation
- Carley Corporation
- The DiSTI Corporation
- FlightSafety International
- JetBlue Airways
- Kaman Fuzing & Precision Products
- L-3 Advanced Laser Systems Tech
- Lockheed Martin
- Northrop Grumman
- Progressive Aerodyne
- Raytheon Technical Services Company
- Signature Flight Support
Combined, Orlando’s simulation sector encompasses more than 230 companies, 26,300 employees, 5,288 annual graduates and $744 million in annual payroll. All of which makes the destination an ideal location for tech- and industrial-focused meetings and conventions of all sizes.