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How Florida Defines Modern Airspace

South Florida’s aviation industry is the most diverse and important in the country. Without these industries, the largest sources of revenue in the state, such as tourism and international trade would not be possible. The state has long made a name for itself in aviation since the first commercial airline flight out of St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1914, and the first international flight to Cuba from Key West in 1927. Today, Miami International Airport (MIA) is ranked as the busiest international airport in 2021.

When the Pan American Airways System Terminal Building was built, over 20 tons of freight was passed through the new international gateway. This exponentially increased with the establishment of the Miami Dade Port Authority and the official Miami International Airport. MIA plays a huge role in facilitating trade in and out of the region; however, its sustainability efforts have truly made it a role model for other transportation infrastructure. 

The industry is constantly evolving with new technology and globalization.  Risks of airline pilot shortages, competition for space operations and educational requirements for navigation and communication is not new. What gives South Florida its strong advantage moving into the future are the universities and opportunities for advancement.

On the space coast, The Florida Institute of Technology became the first university to own and fly an electric plane - the Pipistrel Velis Electro - in the United States. It is still considered experimental since the technology has not been certified yet, but the 22-minute ride created zero emissions and reduced noise. With an operating cost of only $1.03, South Florida is not only the frontier for green aircraft and space technology but proof that economics and sustainability go hand in hand.
Expanding Airports 

Based on the growth trends concerning the South Florida population and tourism, there is a renewed focus on updating air travel and aviation facilities. According to the Florida Aviation System Plan, there is a projected increase in the state’s population from 19 million to 24 million by the end of 2025. Left unaddressed, there would soon be a strain on in-state, domestic, and international travel. As plans to expand all three passenger terminals move forward, Miami continues to move forward.

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