Because We Are the Best

Florida’s aviation and aerospace industry is home to more than 2,000 aviation and aerospace companies. These companies employ over 98,600 individuals, and virtually every major aerospace company and defense contractor has a Florida presence.*

Florida Fast Facts*:

  • #1 for high-tech employment in the southeast
  • 2 licensed U.S. spaceports – Cape Canaveral and Jacksonville
  • 20 major military installations
  • 130 public-use airports, 20 commercial airports that support global commerce, aircraft technology testing, and manufacturing operations
  • 630-plus aviation businesses
  • 1,700-plus aviation establishments

*Source: Enterprise Florida

Embry-Riddle Facts

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the BEST aviation and aerospace university in the world.

More than 25,000 full-time students attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's two residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla. and Prescott, Ariz., and the university's Worldwide Campus. Known as the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation, aerospace, and security/intelligence, Embry-Riddle offers more than 70 baccalaureate, graduate, and Ph.D. degree programs in a dynamic learning environment that enables the following achievements.

  • U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Embry-Riddle’s undergraduate aerospace engineering program No. 1 in the nation. The aerospace engineering program is the largest in the nation, three times the size of the next largest program.
  • Embry-Riddle’s engineering physics program is one of the largest of all such ABET-accredited programs in the nation.
  • Embry-Riddle’s United States Air Force ROTC detachments produce more commissioned officers and more pilots and other rated officers for the U.S. Air Force than any other institution in the nation except the U.S. Air Force Academy.
  • The major airlines hire more alumni from Embry-Riddle than from any other collegiate aviation program.
  • Embry-Riddle is the nation’s largest supplier of air traffic controllers with bachelor degrees to the FAA.
  • Six Embry-Riddle alumni are current or former astronauts: Daniel Burbank (Worldwide Campus, Langley AFB, Va.); B. Alvin Drew (Worldwide Campus, Las Vegas, Nev.); Ronald Garan Jr. (Worldwide Campus, Las Vegas, Nev.); Susan Kilrain (Daytona Beach Campus); Nicole Stott (Daytona Beach Campus); and Terry Virts Jr. (Worldwide Campus, Spangdahlem, Germany).
  • The National Aeronautic Association bestowed the Collier Trophy on Embry-Riddle to honor its leading role in developing ADS-B technology that improves the safety and efficiency of the national airspace system.
  • Embry-Riddle’s student precision flight teams consistently rank among the top in the nation in the SAFECON competition sponsored by the National Intercollegiate Flying Association.
  • Embry-Riddle student teams dominated NASA’s Lunabotics Competition with innovative moon-mining robots of their own design.

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Colleen Walsh-Conklin
Executive Director, Assistant Professor, Aeronautical Science Department