Business & Industry

Aviation & Aerospace

Daytona Beach is fortunate to host the world's oldest, largest and most prestigious university specializing in aviation and aerospace - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Proud to be the home of five airports with commercial activity, Volusia County offers a flexibility of congestion-free air space and land available for aviation and non-aviation uses. In close proximity to Cape Canaveral, our residents include highly-skilled aerospace engineers and technicians. From the NextGen test bed at the Daytona Beach International Airport to the skydiving activity at DeLand Municipal Airport, the aviation and aerospace sector is strong and growing.

Five Local Airports

Daytona Beach International Airport

  • 19,696 ft. of runway
  • 231 planes based here
  • Average of 795 operations per day
  • Parking available for hangars and tiedowns
  • Companies on site: Daytona Aircraft Services, ATP (Airline Training Programs), SheltAir Aviation, ATP Jet Center, and Yelvington Jet Aviation
  • Home of Daytona Beach International Airport Corporate Center
  • DBIA is a commercial service airport and the second busiest general aviation airport in the country
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New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport

  • 13,319 ft. of runway
  • 74 planes based here
  • Average of 359 operations per day
  • Parking available for hangars and tiedowns
  • Companies on site: Epic Aviation
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DeLand Municipal Airport

  • 10,302 ft. of runway
  • 203 planes based here
  • Average of 213 operations per day
  • Parking available for hangars and tiedowns
  • Companies on site: DeLand Jet Center, Turbine Connection Center, Inc., Avionics Installations, Inc., Blue Max Aircraft Engines
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Ormond Beach Municipal Airport

  • 7,705 ft. of runway
  • 100 planes based here
  • Average of 348 operations per day
  • Companies on Site:  Euro American School of Aviation, Sunrise Aviation, Tomlinson Aviation
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Massey Ranch Airpark

  • Public use airport
  • 4,360 ft of runway
  • Coastal fly-in community
  • Airpark split between commercial and residential area
  • Companies on Site: Airpark Aviation Center, Inc.
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Globally-Recognized Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the only accredited, aviation-oriented university in the world. With its headquarters and main campus in Daytona Beach. Embry-Riddle is one of the largest employers in Volusia County and has a $431 million annual economic impact on the county, based on fiscal year 2010 figures.

The University offers more than 40 degree programs including:

  • Undergraduate degree programs in aeronautics; aerospace engineering; air traffic management; aviation business administration; aviation maintenance science; computer engineering; computer science; electrical engineering; engineering physics; global security and intelligence studies; homeland security; space physics; unmanned aerial systems science.
  • Master's degree programs in aeronautics, aerospace engineering, business administration, business administration in aviation management, electrical/computer engineering, engineering physics, human factors and systems, mechanical engineering, safety science, software engineering, and systems engineering.
  • Doctoral programs in aviation and in engineering physics.

Fast Facts

  • Embry-Riddle's aerospace engineering program is the largest in the nation.
  • Embry-Riddle's engineering physics program is one of the largest of its kind in the nation.
  • The major airlines hire more alumni from Embry-Riddle than from any other collegiate aviation program.
  • Embry-Riddle's undergraduate aeronautical science (professional pilot) program is the largest in the nation.
  • Embry-Riddle is the nation's largest supplier of air traffic controllers with bachelor degrees to the FAA.
  • U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Embry-Riddle's aerospace engineering program No. 1 in the nation among schools without doctoral programs.
  • In the 2010 fiscal year, 139 faculty members were involved in research and other activities, with 180 sponsored projects, valued at more than $12 million.
  • Embry-Riddle is leading the development of the Next Generation Air Transportation System, working with the DOT, FAA, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and others.
  • The University’s has 41 simulators, as well as a fleet of 92 instructional aircraft.

Home to FAA NextGen Test Bed

The FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) program 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.

With support from the FAA, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has created one of only three NextGen test bed facilities in the nation. Based at the Daytona Beach International Airport, Volusia County's NextGen test bed has capabilities to model, test, and complete large-scale technology demonstration projects for new satellite-based programs to supplement, and potentially replace, current radar systems.


Sales Tax Exemptions for Aviation & Aerospace

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
  • Commercial space activity