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From aircraft parts to maintenance, training, and a host of commercial air services, Palm Beach County is a recognized national leader in Aviation, Aerospace, and Engineering (A/A/E). This multi-faceted sector includes advanced high-tech manufacturing, design and prototyping, flight training schools, universities, support system firms, and supply chain companies of all types. Major U.S. government suppliers and A/A/E companies have a significant presence here. Florida boasts the second-largest aerospace industry in the U.S., and the titans of the aviation industry, including Lockheed Martin Corporation, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Pratt & Whitney (a United Technologies Company), Sikorsky (a Lockheed Martin Company), and more, call Palm Beach County home.
Palm Beach County’s Research & Development / Engineering & Technical Design cluster contains hundreds of companies and thousands of engineers, draftsmen, technical designers, developers, and architects. Our top companies include several focused on propulsion systems, advanced engineering design, and applied research. In fact, major engineering projects around the globe in virtually every industry – including electronics, aviation, chemical, biotech, energy, infrastructure, and aerospace – can be traced back to Palm Beach County’s A/A/E engineers.
Palm Beach County’s well-established A/A/E community has a dynamic synergy between technology, training centers, and the workforce that creates a sustainable industry. Our A/A/E industry sector includes world-class flight training schools, parts suppliers, maintenance and repair facilities, sales and staffing specialists, and fixed-base operators (FBOs).
Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA) serves commercial and private aircraft and provides cargo services. Approximately 6 million passengers travel through PBIA annually. Thirteen commercial and community airlines operate out of the airport. In addition to PBIA, there are several regional airports. Backing all these facilities are aviation services companies providing vital operational support.
A/A/E companies in Palm Beach County enjoy strong support from public and private organizations, and access to a highly skilled, diverse workforce. Additionally, well-respected educational institutions attract research dollars and consistently produce an impressive number of graduates. These institutions continually add quality to the overall skill level of the workforce, as do collaborations between private industry and educational partners.