In Daytona Beach, you’ll find the world’s leading aviation and aerospace university, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, one of the nation’s most user-friendly international airports and five smaller airports serving general and corporate aviation.
And Volusia County’s proximity to the Space Coast is of particular interest to spaceflight contractors. And Florida offers sales and use tax exemptions on maintenance and repair of aircraft; equipment used in aircraft repair and maintenance; sale or lease of fixed-wing aircraft and commercial space activity.
Airports. In addition to Daytona Beach International Airport, five smaller airports serve the community. Most are in Class C airspace and are within short flights to Orlando International Airport, Tampa International Airport, and Jacksonville International Airport.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Embry-Riddle produces more than 25% of the nation’s commercial pilots and is at the leading edge of research relative to avionics, simulation, aviation physiology, air traffic control, aviation-related cyber security and more. It is conducting extensive research on the NextGen air traffic control system in collaboration with the FAA. Its flightline flanks Daytona Beach International Airport, which has the distinction of being a “teaching airport” in collaboration with Embry-Riddle. The university offers undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in various disciplines of aviation, aerospace and engineering.
FAA NextGen Test Bed. The FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is transforming the nation’s air traffic control system, equipping it to accommodate growing demand for air travel and bringing greater precision and accuracy to flight. Embry-Riddle ahs created one of only three NextGen Test Bed facilities in the nation. Based at Daytona Beach International Airport, Volusia County’s NextGen Test Bed has the capability to model, test and complete large-scale technology demonstration projects for new satellite-based programs to supplement – and potentially replace – current radar systems.