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Economic Impact of General Aviation

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Wyoming
Airports:
41
Pilots:
1,942
Aircraft:
836
Jobs:
14,460
Econ Impact:
$101 Million
Notes:
GA tourists spend $31 Million a year in Wyoming
Wisconsin
Airports:
133
Pilots:
10,135
Aircraft:
7,140
Jobs:
16,827
Econ Impact:
$3.5 Billion
Notes:
Oskkosh, WI is home to the largest "fly-in" airshow in the world
West Virginia
Airports:
35
Pilots:
1,878
Aircraft:
1,929
Jobs:
3,200
Econ Impact:
$616 Million
Notes:
Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney and Lockheed-Martin have factories in West Virginia
Washington
Airports:
135
Pilots:
20,028
Aircraft:
7,585
Jobs:
248,500
Econ Impact:
$3.18 Billion
Notes:
Washington state is the home of Boeing Aircraft. The total jobs at all Washington airports is 171,311.
Virginia
Airports:
66
Pilots:
15,038
Aircraft:
6,176
Jobs:
5,200
Econ Impact:
$728 Million
Notes:
GA flights resumed to Reagan National Airport in October 2005
Vermont
Airports:
16
Pilots:
1,296
Aircraft:
603
Jobs:
9,000
Econ Impact:
$274 Million
Notes:
Aviation jobs mean $225 Million in payroll to Vermont.
Utah
Airports:
45
Pilots:
8,589
Aircraft:
6,235
Jobs:
9,257
Econ Impact:
$815.53 Million
Notes:
Many Utah cities are over a 3 hour drive from airline service. Without GA they are effectively isolated.
Texas
Airports:
391
Pilots:
50,392
Aircraft:
31,690
Jobs:
61,900
Econ Impact:
$14.6 Billion
Notes:
Texas DOT sponsors a statewide "Adopt an Airport" program, to support local community airports.
Tennessee
Airports:
81
Pilots:
11,931
Aircraft:
3,993
Jobs:
51,800
Econ Impact:
$2.57 Billion
Notes:
Arnold Engineering Development Center, in Tullahoma, TN is the world's largest flight simulation test facility.
South Carolina
Airports:
68
Pilots:
6,655
Aircraft:
2,634
Jobs:
5,000
Econ Impact:
$417 Million
Notes:
GA pays over $11 Million in taxes to the state of South Carolina
South Dakota
Airports:
74
Pilots:
2,247
Aircraft:
1,000
Jobs:
7,000
Econ Impact:
$303 Million
Notes:
GA accounts for over 65% of operations at the Rapid City airport
Rhode Island
Airports:
8
Pilots:
1,049
Aircraft:
352
Jobs:
1,461
Econ Impact:
$465 Million
Notes:
From 1998 to 2006 jobs attributable to RI's airports grew over 30%.
Pennsylvania
Airports:
131
Pilots:
17,049
Aircraft:
8,162
Jobs:
7,219
Econ Impact:
$1.31 Billion
Notes:
Aviation makes up an estimated 4% of the PA gross state product.
Oregon
Airports:
97
Pilots:
9,761
Aircraft:
9,390
Jobs:
35,172
Econ Impact:
$1.8 Billion
Notes:
Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose" is on exhibit in McMinnville, OR.
Oklahoma
Airports:
139
Pilots:
8,000
Aircraft:
4,794
Jobs:
144,000
Econ Impact:
$1.2 Billion
Notes:
Aviation and Aerospace account for over 10% of the workforce in OK. Job figure listed above is for the aviation and aerospace industry. GA specific job figure unavailable at this time.
Ohio
Airports:
163
Pilots:
24,988
Aircraft:
10,113
Jobs:
17,352
Econ Impact:
$5.56 Billion
Notes:
Home of the Wright Brothers and cradle of flight.
North Dakota
Airports:
89
Pilots:
2,998
Aircraft:
2,419
Jobs:
920
Econ Impact:
$218 Million
Notes:
Agricultural aviation and air tourism are big business in North Dakota
North Carolina
Airports:
112
Pilots:
14,703
Aircraft:
8,059
Jobs:
14,963
Econ Impact:
$4.1 Billion
Notes:
There are over 300 private airports in North Carolina.
New York
Airports:
90
Pilots:
17,449
Aircraft:
8,973
Jobs:
394,500
Econ Impact:
$50.3 Billion
Notes:
New York State puts total GA impact at $35.4 Billion!
New Mexico
Airports:
61
Pilots:
4,192
Aircraft:
3,411
Jobs:
48,000
Econ Impact:
$761 Million
Notes:
NM is investing $100 Million to build a "space-port" for 21st Century flights into earth orbit.
New Jersey
Airports:
46
Pilots:
14,448
Aircraft:
4,579
Jobs:
18,000
Econ Impact:
$1.7 Billion
Notes:
There are 361 heliports in New Jersey.
New Hampshire
Airports:
24
Pilots:
3,825
Aircraft:
2,055
Jobs:
8,000
Econ Impact:
$639 Million
Notes:
The famous Gee-Bee sport racers were built by the Granville brothers of Madison, NH.
Nevada
Airports:
49
Pilots:
2,030
Aircraft:
6,954
Jobs:
3,300
Econ Impact:
$721 Million
Notes:
Visitors, including the National Championship Air Races, produce over $205 million in revenue.
Nebraska
Airports:
90
Pilots:
3,576
Aircraft:
2,076
Jobs:
5,250
Econ Impact:
$721 Million
Notes:
There are nearly a million operations (takeoffs and landings) a year.
Montana
Airports:
121
Pilots:
4,432
Aircraft:
4,102
Jobs:
18,750
Econ Impact:
$117.8 Million
Notes:
Yellowstone Airport, adjacent to the National Park, is a major smokejumper base.
Missouri
Airports:
99
Pilots:
9,284
Aircraft:
3,847
Jobs:
7,449
Econ Impact:
$857 Million
Notes:
Over 160,000 tons of air cargo are transported every year.
Mississippi
Airports:
80
Pilots:
4,335
Aircraft:
2,543
Jobs:
1,563
Econ Impact:
$860 Million
Notes:
Minnesota
Airports:
154
Pilots:
13,132
Aircraft:
7,781
Jobs:
37,600
Econ Impact:
$2.9 Billion
Notes:
Minnesota is home to cutting-edge aircraft manufacturer Cirrus Design.
Michigan
Airports:
228
Pilots:
14,798
Aircraft:
6,112
Jobs:
39,800
Econ Impact:
$4.1 Billion
Notes:
16 million passengers fly GA every year in Michigan
Massachusetts
Airports:
39
Pilots:
8,399
Aircraft:
4,300
Jobs:
124,000
Econ Impact:
$12 Billion
Notes:
GA is the single most important factor for business to locate in Massachusetts - Dow Jones
Maryland
Airports:
34
Pilots:
8,256
Aircraft:
3,476
Jobs:
8,229
Econ Impact:
$2.1 Billion
Notes:
GA pays $40 Million a year in state and local taxes
Maine
Airports:
50
Pilots:
2,598
Aircraft:
1,347
Jobs:
1,532
Econ Impact:
$521 Million
Notes:
130,000 tourist visitors arrive in Maine every year by GA aircraft
Louisiana
Airports:
75
Pilots:
5,770
Aircraft:
3,512
Jobs:
7,900
Econ Impact:
$2 Billion
Notes:
Aerospace industries add another 11,000 jobs and $416 Million payroll
Kentucky
Airports:
60
Pilots:
6,139
Aircraft:
2,082
Jobs:
1,374
Econ Impact:
$1.746 Billion
Notes:
Louisville is home to UPS air operations center
Kansas
Airports:
141
Pilots:
7,449
Aircraft:
6,421
Jobs:
47,650
Econ Impact:
$7.01 Billion
Notes:
The "Air Capital of the World'" Kansas produces half of all GA aircraft
Iowa
Airports:
121
Pilots:
5,695
Aircraft:
4,073
Jobs:
2,250
Econ Impact:
$400 Million
Notes:
Iowa State University says, " Probably the most prolific aspect of our air system is the economic impact it provides."
Indiana
Airports:
107
Pilots:
10,621
Aircraft:
6,035
Jobs:
18,900
Econ Impact:
$4.9 Billion
Notes:
The world's leading air cargo and package services operate major facilities in Indiana, including Federal Express and Kitty Hawk.
Illinois
Airports:
115
Pilots:
18,601
Aircraft:
10,578
Jobs:
3,102
Econ Impact:
$6 Billion
Notes:
Chicago's O'Hare airport is only one of the 123 public use airports in IL.
Idaho
Airports:
119
Pilots:
6,673
Aircraft:
4,020
Jobs:
4,096
Econ Impact:
$429 Million
Notes:
Idaho tourists who come on GA spent $80 million a year.
Hawaii
Airports:
15
Pilots:
3,103
Aircraft:
1,005
Jobs:
58,234
Econ Impact:
$412 Million
Notes:
There are 1.06 million takeoffs and landings yearly in Hawaii.
Georgia
Airports:
104
Pilots:
19,495
Aircraft:
9,410
Jobs:
10,290
Econ Impact:
$1.2 Billion
Notes:
Georgia collects over $100 Million per year in aviation related taxes
Florida
Airports:
127
Pilots:
51,671
Aircraft:
25,328
Jobs:
54,000
Econ Impact:
$6 Billion
Notes:
80% of all air operations in Florida are GA.
Delaware
Airports:
11
Pilots:
1,439
Aircraft:
13,238
Jobs:
15,500
Econ Impact:
$188 Million
Notes:
The famed A-10 "Warthogs" were built in Dover, Deleware.
Connecticut
Airports:
23
Pilots:
5,619
Aircraft:
3,188
Jobs:
45,800
Econ Impact:
$2.4 Billion
Notes:
Home of Sikorsky Aircraft
Colorado
Airports:
76
Pilots:
17,819
Aircraft:
8,074
Jobs:
22,650
Econ Impact:
$1.91 Billion
Notes:
The U.S. Air Force Academy is located in Colorado Springs.
California
Airports:
257
Pilots:
64,259
Aircraft:
37,128
Jobs:
1,700,000
Econ Impact:
$18.2 Billion
Notes:
Van Nuys, CA is the busiest GA airport in the U.S.
Arkansas
Airports:
91
Pilots:
8,161
Aircraft:
3,600
Jobs:
5,400
Econ Impact:
$500 Million
Notes:
77% of all flights are general aviation
Arizona
Airports:
79
Pilots:
30,246
Aircraft:
10,042
Jobs:
9,800
Econ Impact:
$1.8 Billion
Notes:
There are 3.4 million takeoffs and Landings in AZ a year.
Alaska
Airports:
700
Pilots:
11,030
Aircraft:
8,000
Jobs:
47,000
Econ Impact:
$400 Million
Notes:
82% of Alaska communities are not served by roads.
Alabama
Airports:
281
Pilots:
7,728
Aircraft:
5,595
Jobs:
73,140
Econ Impact:
$4.7 Billion
Notes:
33% of Alabama workers have ties to GA

Overview

The Alliance for Aviation Across America recently launched a wide-scale economic impact survey to outline the benefit of general aviation on businesses, local economies and communities around the nation.

This project is an ongoing, collaborative effort using the latest information available.  As such, if you have any questions or have any new data that you would like to incorporate, we would love to hear from you – please contact us at info@aviationacrossamerica.org

This survey has been co-sponsored by the following Alliance members: League of Rural Voters, Air Care Alliance, National Agricultural Aviation Association, Small Business Entrepeneurship Council, and National Association of State Aviation Officials.

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Agricultural Use

Across the United States, general aviation is a vital resource for our nation’s farms and agricultural producers.  Agricultural aviation operations ensure that our nation’s farmers continue to supply our communities with food and resources such as cotton, timber, bio-fuel ingredients, and farmers rely upon aerial application operations to survey and monitor crops, seed rice and wheat, feed fish, defoliate cotton prior to harvest, and fight forest and grassland fires.  In addition, agricultural aviation allows for the application of herbicides, insecticides and fertilizer for fruit, vegetables and grain crops.  The use of aircraft allows large areas to be covered quickly, delivering

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Law Enforcement &
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General aviation plays a vital role in supporting law enforcement and medical service operations throughout the United States.

Law Enforcement

General aviation aircraft allow law enforcement officers the ability to extend their field of vision,  assist those on the ground with alerts to dangers that may otherwise go unseen, conduct traffic enforcement, DUI monitoring, and, and help with search and rescue.

By far the most important attribute of these aircraft for law enforcement is their coverage range.  Aircraft can cover large distances quickly in comparison to traditional law enforcement ground units, and help with security and fire fighting missions.

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Latest Economic
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  • Businesses and airports that rely on general aviation as well as the manufacturing industry as a whole have been hit hard by the economic downturn. There has been increasing pressure on companies and operators to scale back operations as a result of ongoing misperceptions about the value of general aviation and its importance to commerce and as a business tool.
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