Aviation / Aerospace

As a recognized center for aviation products and services, Martin County FL is ideally situated to meet the growing needs of companies in these industries.

  • Well established industry presence locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally
  • Proximity to several major international airports
  • Well-educated, highly technical workforce
  • Industry-specific job training programs
  • Competitive wages

Additionally, Florida has long been the world’s premier gateway to space, the undisputed air traffic hub to the Americas, a major center for flight training and Maintenance Repair and Overhaul, and home to leading manufacturers of all types of aircraft and aircraft components. As a result, Florida has a rich supply chain and talent pool benefiting industry businesses. It’s no wonder industry leaders including Daher, Dessault, Pursuit Aerospace and others have operations here.

About Witham Field and It’s Legacy of Aviation

Aviation is in Martin County’s DNA thanks to early and enterprising aviators, industry leaders, makers, inventors, and entrepreneurs who chose Martin County more than 100 years ago. Witham Field was founded in 1928 as Krueger Field. In 1942, the airport was leased to the United States Navy as a part of the war effort and later renamed Witham Field after Martin County native Paul “Homer” Witham. Today, the airport operated by the County, is a thriving hub for commerce in Martin County and the South Florida, creating an annual economic impact of over $1.3 billion

The on-site U.S. Customs Facility is the first intermodal clearance facility of its kind allowing boaters, pilots, residents, and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. 

Annually, one of the nation’s top 10 air shows, as ranked by USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards, the Stuart Air Show produces an awe-inspiring 3-day airshow at Witham Field every November.  

To learn more about airport operations, planning, projects and more, click here or to request a tour click here.

Click here to view the AEIS Aviation Economic Study for Witham Field.

Notable Aviation/Aerospace Businesses in Martin County:

  • Aerodyne Corp
  • ATGI
  • Aircraft International
  • ATP Flight School
  • Copa Air Maintenance Service
  • Daher Aerospace
  • Dassault Falcon Jet Service Center
  • East Coast Aviation Service
  • Fairwind Air Charter
  • Fly Alliance Maintenance
  • Jet Loan Capital
  • Jet Sales Group
  • PAC Seating Systems
  • PACE Machine & Tool
  • Platinum Aviation Maintenance
  • Precision Jet Service, Inc.
  • Premier Aviation Services
  • Premier Jet Training
  • Pursuit Aerospace
  • Scott MacDonald Aircraft Sales
  • South East Machine
  • Sports Aviation
  • StandardAero
  • STS Aviation Group
  • Tradewind Aviation
  • Treasure Coast Flight Training
  • Tropic Airpower
  • Wesco Aircraft
  • Wing Aviation Maintenance

Fixed Based Operators (FBO’s)

  • Atlantic Aviation
  • APP

Industry Profiles and Reports

About Careers in Aviation & Aerospace

When launching an exciting career in the aviation and aerospace industries, the sky is no longer the limit; let’s aim higher and think of the stratosphere! There are no limits!

If a student excels in science, technology, engineering, math, or even the arts (STEAM), they may want to consider a career in aviation or aerospace! Not sure about how the arts fit in? Think DaVinci!

These industries encompass all aspects of air and space exploration, research, and travel. Moreover, hundreds of other industries support and closely collaborate with aviation and aerospace companies, from research and engineering to manufacturing and production to design and marketing. There is something for almost everyone!

Some of the exciting career opportunities in Martin County include:

  • Aerospace Production Supervisor – $23/hour
  • Avionics Technician – $31/hour
  • Aircraft A&P Mechanic – $35/hour
  • Tool and Die Maker (Sr.) – $36/hour
  • Aerospace Engineer – $38/hour
  • Supply Chain Director – $42/hour
  • Private Jet Pilot – $64/hour

Other exciting and high-demand/high-wage careers may include: Air Traffic Controller, Commercial Pilot and Flight Attendant, Communication and Dispatch, Education and Research, Logistics, Meteorologist, Project Manager, Structural, Electrical, or Propulsion Engineer, Quality Assurance and Inspector, and many others in academia or with state and federal governments.

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