Aviation is taking off in Polk County
Companies in the Aviation, Aerospace, Defense and National Security industries benefit from Polk County’s central location and multimodal infrastructure. Defense giant Draken International is headquartered in Polk County, taking advantage of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport to house its 120,000-square foot hangar. The Lakeland-based company operates the largest fleet of privately owned tactical aircraft in the world.
With 350+ flyable days per year and 2,000+ aviation and aerospace companies calling the Sunshine State home, Florida’s aviation industry generates an estimated $144 billion in annual economic activity and 1.3 million jobs.
Leading Education Programs
Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA): Located at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, CFAA is a unique high school that offers specific aeronautical instruction including flight training, aircraft maintenance and avionics. CFAA also supports a FAA Part 147 Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic course to help students earn FAA certification as Aviation Maintenance Technicians.
Traviss Technical College: Offering both high school and adult vocational training, Traviss has programs in Avionics and Airframe Mechanics. Students can earn a FAA certification as Aviation Maintenance Technicians.
Polk State College: Polk State offers an A.S. in Professional Pilot Science, A.S. in Aerospace Administration and a B.S. in Aerospace Sciences. Students can earn additional certifications as Certified Flight Instructors, Certified Instrument Flight Instructors and/or Certified Multi-Engine Flight Instructors.