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Northwest Florida, a global leader in the Aerospace, Aviation and Defense sector, is home to the following military bases, five of which are aviation-related:

  • Pensacola Naval Air Station
  • Whiting Field
  • Eglin Air Force Base, including Duke Field
  • Hurlburt Field
  • Naval Support Activity Panama City
  • Tyndall Air Force Base
Specific information on the missions of each base can be found in our Northwest Florida Aerospace and Defense Industry brochure, as well as our Military Assets page. With nearly 44,000 active duty Air Force, Navy and Army personnel and more than 19,000 civilians employed in Aviation, Aerospace, and Defense, Northwest Florida’s workforce is second to none. The dedicated and highly skilled workforce includes scientists, engineers, production workers, and information technology specialists.

The unique concentration of military bases has attracted many of the largest U.S. defense contractors, international companies, and commercial aviation businesses to Northwest Florida. These companies, together with the Department of Defense, are engaged in a variety of cutting-edge research and development activities. In addition, there is a regional university-based research and development infrastructure which includes Florida State University, the University of Florida, Florida A&M University, and the University of West Florida, with university centers of research in Aero-Propulsion, Robotics, Commercial Space Flight, and Composite Materials & Systems.

The Gulf Coast is home to one of the largest concentrations of aviation, aerospace, and defense assets in the world, and Northwest Florida is a major component of that geographic cluster. In addition to the skilled workforce and cutting edge research and development, the region offers a variety of aviation-focused business and industrial parks, including many with direct “through the fence” airfield access. Specific information on the industrial parks can be found in our Industrial Air Parks brochure. Expansive areas of restricted airspace over land and the Gulf of Mexico make Northwest Florida an ideal location for test and evaluation activities, including testing of unmanned air systems, where the Panhandle has become a global leader. 

With a dedicated and skilled workforce, university research and engineering support, and buildings and sites tailored specifically to aviation-related companies, Northwest Florida is the ideal location for defense related companies, as well as both commercial and military aviation and aerospace companies looking to locate or expand their business.


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Aerospace & Defense - Map

Aerospace Manufacturing

  • Aerojet-General Corporation
  • Aircraft Operators Inc
  • Boeing Company
  • Cemex Materials  LLC
  • Chromalloy Engineering Technical Services
  • Clmax Engineering LLC
  • Cygnus Aerospace
  • Florida Anodizing  LLC
  • Fossco Inc
  • General Dynamics Corporation
  • Heli-Tech  Inc
  • Honeywell International Inc
  • L-3 Communications Crestview Aerospace
  • L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC
  • Line-X of Tallahassee
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
  • Pioneer Aerospace Corporation
  • R4 Integration Inc
  • Raytheon Company
  • SENTEL Corporation
  • Stedebani Enterprise Company Inc
  • TeligentEMS
  • Zitec Inc

Air Transportation & Support Activities

  • Aero Associates Inc
  • Aero Fx Inc
  • Air 1st Aviation Company Inc
  • Airport Authority
  • AirTran Airways PNS
  • American Airlines PNS
  • American Airlines TLH
  • American Airlines VPS
  • Apalachicola Regional Airport (AAF)
  • Atlantic Southeast Airlines Inc
  • Blue Angel Aviation Inc
  • Bob Sikes Airport (CEW)
  • Calhoun County Airport
  • Chindit Aviation Inc
  • Chipola Aviation
  • Clayton International
  • Coastal Air Service Inc
  • Coastal Airport
  • Coastal Helicopters Inc
  • Continental Airlines PNS
  • Continental Airlines TLH
  • Continental Airlines VPS
  • Defense Support Services LLC
  • Delta Air Lines PNS
  • Delta Air Lines VPS
  • Delta Air Lines ECP
  • Delta Air Lines TLH
  • Destin Airport (DTS)
  • Destin Jet
  • DMJM Aviation
  • Doss Aviation Inc
  • Drash
  • Emerald Coast Aviation
  • Expressjet Airlines
  • Ferguson Airport
  • Flightline Group Inc
  • Heliworks Inc
  • Huntleigh Corp
  • L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC
  • Macpheargus Inc
  • Marianna Municipal Airport
  • Miracle Strip Aviation Inc
  • Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP)
  • Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS)
  • Paloma Air Group LLC
  • Pensacola Aviation Center Inc
  • Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport (PNS)
  • Piedmont Airlines Inc
  • Precision Air Services LLC
  • Quincy Municipal Airport
  • Quincy-Gadsden Airport Authority
  • Reliance Aerotech Services
  • RVA Inc
  • Sandy Creek Air Park
  • Segers Aerospace Corporation
  • SheltAir Aviation Services
  • Siemens Water Tech Corp
  • Sikorsky Support Services Inc
  • Southwest Airlines ECP
  • St. George Island Airport
  • Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH)
  • Tepper Aviation Inc
  • The Boeing Company
  • Tri County Airport Authority
  • US Airways PNS
  • US Airways TLH
  • US Airways VPS
  • Varna Aviation Group Inc
  • Vision Airlines VPS

Chemicals and Fuel Manufacturing & Distribution

  • Airgas Inc
  • Doss Aviation
  • St Marks Powder Inc
  • Taminco

Composite Materials

  • Fiberoptic Engineering Corporation
  • Huntsman Corporation
  • Reichhold Inc
  • Textured Coatings of America

Computers and Electronic Equipment Manufacturing

  • Applied Films Inc
  • Automation Technology Inc
  • Avalex Technologies Corporation
  • BAE Systems Controls Inc
  • BAE Systems Manufacturing Technology Inc
  • Certified Manufacturing Inc
  • Chenega Corporation
  • Chenega Integrated Systems LLC
  • Cisco Systems Inc
  • Commstructures Inc
  • Communication Specialties Inc
  • Compucover Inc
  • Crane Electronics Inc
  • CRI Technology Solutions
  • Cubic Defense Systems
  • Cubic Global Tracking
  • DRS Technologies Training and Control Systems Inc
  • E Systems
  • Echo Process Instrumentation
  • Elbit Systems of America
  • Explotrain LLC
  • FAAC Inc
  • FSI-RLM Inc
  • General Dynamics Corporation
  • General Dynamics Land Systems
  • General Scientific Corporation
  • Gigacom Inc
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Honeywell International Inc
  • Ian-Conrad Bergan Inc
  • Industrial Vibration Consultants, Inc
  • Full Circle
  • Instrumentation and Engineering Services
  • ITT Mine Defense Systems
  • L-3 Command and Control Systems and Software
  • L-3 Communications Corporation
  • L-3 Services Inc
  • L-3 Vertex Aerospace
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Marconi Corporation PLC
  • Merrick Environmental Technology
  • Micro Systems Inc
  • Mobat-USA Inc
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation - Aerospace Systems
  • Pixe International Corporation
  • Raytheon Company
  • Raytheon Tech Services Group
  • Rockwell Collins Inc
  • Syn-Tech Systems Inc
  • Technical Services Laboratory
  • V4 Aerospace LLC
  • Vertec Inc

Consulting Services

  • Advanced Aviation Services International
  • Advanced C4 Solutions
  • Bahia Vista Associates
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc
  • Defense Business Development
  • Durham Stategic Concepts
  • Dyncorp International
  • H2 Performance Consulting
  • HX5 Inc
  • Isocorp Inc
  • Kanne and Associates
  • Kefalas and Associates Inc
  • Logistic Specialties Inc
  • Performance Technologies
  • SpecPro Inc
  • The Columbia Group
  • Total Parts Plus
  • WNG Associates Inc
  • Xator Corporation

Engineering, Testing, Industrial Design & Research and Development

  • Abacus Technology Corporation
  • Advanced Concepts Enterprises Inc
  • Alday-Howell Engineering
  • Alliant Techsystems
  • AMEC Engineering
  • Analytical Services Corporation
  • Anyar Inc
  • Applied Research & Design
  • Applied Research Associates
  • Applied Systems Engineering Inc
  • Arcadis US Inc
  • ARINC Inc
  • ASC Geosciences Inc
  • Atkins Global
  • AVCON Inc
  • Avionics Test and Analysis Corporation
  • B3H Corporation
  • BAE Systems Aerospace Services Inc
  • BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc
  • BEC Industries LLC
  • Berube Leonard LLC
  • Bethea Engineering
  • Bishop Group Inc
  • Blackhawk Management Corporation
  • Boeing Aerospace Operations Inc
  • Buchart Horn Inc
  • Caldwell Associates
  • Campbell Engineered Components
  • Cardno TBE
  • CDM Inc
  • Center for Advanced Power Systems
  • Centerline Consulting
  • CH2M Hill Inc
  • COLSA Corporation
  • Connelly and Wicker Inc
  • Control Systems Research Inc
  • Cynoxure Inc
  • DCS Corporation
  • Decision Sciences Inc
  • Dell Consulting LLC
  • Destine Research Group LLC
  • Ecology & Environment Inc
  • Fabre Engineering Inc
  • FLIR Systems Inc
  • Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
  • Gannett Fleming Inc
  • Georgia Institue of Technology Research Institute
  • Geosyntec Consultants Inc
  • Gortemoller Engineering Inc
  • Greenhorne & O'Mara
  • Greenman-Pedersen Inc
  • H M Yonge & Associates Inc
  • Hatch Mott Macdonald
  • HDR Engineering Inc
  • Heffernan Holland Morgan Architecture
  • High-Performance Magnetics
  • Honeywell International
  • Infopro Corporation
  • Innovative Technical Solutions
  • ITT Mine Defense Systems
  • J2 Engineering Inc
  • Jacobs Engineering Group Inc
  • Jacobs Technology Inc
  • Jehle-Halstead Inc
  • Joe Dereuil Associates LLC
  • Johnson Peaden Engineering
  • Joint Technology Engineering
  • L-3 Communications Corporation
  • L-3 Services Inc
  • L-3 STRATIS
  • Larry M Jacobs & Associates
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • LPA Group Incorporated
  • MacAulay-Brown Inc
  • MACTEC Engineering & Consulting
  • MagnaCom Inc
  • ManTech Systems Engineering and Integration
  • Marlin Engineering Inc
  • Maverick Technologies LLC
  • McSwain Engineering Inc
  • Melvin Engineering
  • MLD Architects Inc
  • Modern Technology Solutions Inc
  • Moore Bass Consulting Inc
  • MRD Associates Inc
  • MSR Industries
  • Nova Engineering
  • Orion International Technologies Inc
  • Parsons Corporation
  • Pattison & Associates
  • Pensacola Testing Laboratories Inc
  • Peterson Engineering Inc
  • Preble-Rish Inc
  • Professional Service Industries Inc
  • Quantic Engineering & Logistics Corporation
  • Quantum Research International
  • Roy Anderson Corporation
  • SA Technical Services
  • Science Application International Corporation
  • Sonalysts Inc
  • Southern Earth Sciences Inc
  • Sunshine Aero Industries Inc
  • Survice Engineering Co
  • TASC Inc
  • Tech Management Enterprises
  • Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc
  • Terracon Consultants Inc
  • Tetra Tech Inc
  • Tetra Tech NUS Inc
  • TLC Engineering For Architecture Inc
  • United Infrastructure Projects Inc
  • URS Corporation
  • URS Group Inc
  • Vector Associates
  • Volkert & Associates Inc
  • VT Milcom Inc
  • W G Yates & Sons Construction Co
  • Watford Engineering Inc
  • Watley Engineering LLC
  • Wilbur Smith Associates Inc
  • WilsonMiller Inc
  • Wintec Arrowmaker Inc
  • Wintec Inc
  • WNG International Inc
  • Wyle Northwest Florida

Fabricated Metals and Machinery Manufacturing

  • BAE Systems Manufacturing Technology Inc
  • Bell Steel Company
  • Defense Stampings and Engineering Inc
  • Destin Machine Inc
  • Environmental Manufacturing
  • Fort Walton Machining
  • General Dynamics-Ordnance and Tactical Systems
  • General Precision Manufacturing Inc
  • Global CNC Solutions
  • Golden Seal Services Inc
  • Herco Sheet Metal Inc
  • Holmes Tool & Engineering Inc
  • J&P Khamken Industries Inc
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • McKee Engineering Company Inc
  • Meyer Tool Inc
  • Miltec Machining Inc
  • Quincy Joist Company
  • Ray Machine Inc
  • Ver-Val Enterprises Inc

Facilities and Business Support Services

  • ACISS Systems Inc
  • BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc
  • CH2M Hill/VT Griffin Joint Venture
  • Esterline Defense Technologies
  • GCC Thomco LLC
  • InDyne Inc
  • L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC
  • Oasis Systems Inc
  • The Minter Group

Flight and Aviation Related Training

  • Aero Club
  • AMS Aviation
  • Apalachicola International Aviation Training Center
  • CHOICE Aerospace Institute
  • Dalpar Corporation
  • Eagle Aircraft Corporation
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • GoldRush77.com / Caruth Central Business Advisory and Education Services
  • Lively Technical Center
  • Rockwell Flight Training
  • Stark Survival Co

Information Technology, Systems Integration and Network Solutions

  • Adsync Technologies Inc
  • Advanced Systems Design Inc
  • Alldezigns
  • Alpha Data Corporation
  • Appriver LLC
  • Arnamy Inc
  • Bit-Wizards Custom Software Solutions
  • BOSH Global Services
  • Bridge Technologies Inc
  • BTAS
  • CACI Inc
  • Chariot Enterprises
  • Citizant Inc
  • Cogon Systems Inc
  • Computer Sciences Corporation
  • Computer Servants Inc
  • Datamaxx Group  Inc
  • Diversified Technology Sales Inc
  • Dyncorp International
  • Dynetics Inc
  • Epoch Software Systems Inc
  • Focus On U
  • General Dynamics Information Technology Inc
  • Global Business Solutions Inc
  • GSC Systems  Inc
  • HCL America Inc
  • Hixardt Technologies Inc
  • Hunt Engineering Services
  • InDyne Inc
  • Integrated Systems Analysts Inc
  • International Info Station
  • Jackson Automated Management Systems
  • L-3 Command & Control Systems and Software
  • L-3 Communications Corporation
  • Lynnsoft Inc
  • Mainline Info Systems Inc
  • Microtel 2000
  • Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems Corporation
  • Nova Technologies
  • NS Software Services Inc
  • Panther International LLC
  • Pars International Systems
  • Presidio Networked Solutions Inc
  • Professional Systems Associates
  • QinetiQ-North America
  • RDR Inc
  • SimWright Inc
  • Smartronix Inc
  • SRA International Inc
  • Tech Advanced Computers
  • Top Dollar Solutions Inc
  • TYBRIN Corporation
  • Virtual Media Integration Ltd
  • Wavenet Technologies Inc

Machinery and Equipment Wholesalers

  • Airgas South  Inc
  • AMC Tool & Carbide Supply Inc
  • Barloworld Handling
  • Brown Helicopter  Inc
  • David Aviation  Inc
  • Electro Products  Inc
  • Fastenal Company
  • Fossco Inc
  • Gastops Inc
  • GHX Industrial  LLC
  • Gilbert Pump & Mechanical Inc
  • Kaman Industrial Tech Corp
  • Mac Enterprises
  • Pinckney Aircraft
  • Prokits Sourcing Inc

Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

  • A. Phelps Petroleum of NW FL Inc
  • Aerosource Inc
  • Air Prop Specialists, Inc.
  • Anron Aviation Inc
  • Aviation Systems of Northwest Florida Inc
  • Capital Avionics  Inc
  • Chromalloy Component Services Inc
  • Coastal Equipment & Hydraulics
  • Fleet Maintenance of Northwest Florida Inc
  • Helicopter Accessory Service East Inc
  • Heli-Tech Inc.
  • Industrial Hydraulic Services Inc
  • L-3 Vertex Aerospace
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Mapoles Aviation
  • Marianna Airmotive Corporation
  • MDS Calibration Laboratory
  • Monarch Aviation Inc
  • Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC
  • Steve Youngblood
  • Superior Petroleum Services Inc

National Defense

  • Coast Guard
  • Defense Logistics Agency
  • Defense Security Service
  • Eglin AFB
  • Hurlburt Field
  • NAS Pensacola
  • NAS Whiting Field
  • National Guard
  • NCSS Panama City
  • NSA Panama City
  • NTTC Corry Field
  • Tyndall AFB
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"As a defense contractor involved in aerospace manufacturing we are fortunate to be located in Northwest Florida where we enjoy an abundant, highly skilled labor force, and reasonable operating costs, enhancing our competitive position in the industry."

Pamela Bechtold, President
Certified Manufacturing, Inc. (CMI)

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