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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:
3,600
Aircraft:
1,900
Jobs:
920
Econ Impact:
$131 Million
Notes:
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:
140
Pilots:
16,267
Aircraft:
5,116
Jobs:
8,638
Econ Impact:
$1 Billion
Notes:
New Mexico
Airports:
63
Pilots:
4,562
Aircraft:
2,562
Jobs:
48,000
Econ Impact:
$761 Million
Notes:
New Jersey
Airports:
43
Pilots:
9,004
Aircraft:
2,379
Jobs:
18,000
Econ Impact:
$1.7 Billion
Notes:
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:
6,811
Aircraft:
2,246
Jobs:
3,384
Econ Impact:
$275 Million
Notes:
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:
124
Pilots:
9,087
Aircraft:
3,953
Jobs:
7,449
Econ Impact:
$857 Million
Notes:
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:
7,968
Aircraft:
2,663
Jobs:
4,300
Econ Impact:
$443 Million
Notes:
Maryland
Airports:
36
Pilots:
7,782
Aircraft:
2,505
Jobs:
6,274
Econ Impact:
$550 Million
Notes:
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:
116
Pilots:
5,279
Aircraft:
3,064
Jobs:
2,257
Econ Impact:
$400 Million
Notes:
Indiana
Airports:
115
Pilots:
9,684
Aircraft:
3,675
Jobs:
32,132
Econ Impact:
$5.9 Billion
Notes:
Illinois
Airports:
109
Pilots:
14,117
Aircraft:
5,661
Jobs:
54,887
Econ Impact:
$4.4 Billion
Notes:
Idaho
Airports:
123
Pilots:
4,834
Aircraft:
2,966
Jobs:
4,096
Econ Impact:
$426 Million
Notes:
Hawaii
Airports:
15
Pilots:
3,150
Aircraft:
486
Jobs:
13,000
Econ Impact:
$412 Million
Notes:
Georgia
Airports:
106
Pilots:
18,325
Aircraft:
5,228
Jobs:
10,000
Econ Impact:
$1.2 Billion
Notes:
Florida
Airports:
129
Pilots:
52,437
Aircraft:
14,754
Jobs:
54,250
Econ Impact:
$6 Billion
Notes:
Delaware
Airports:
11
Pilots:
1,365
Aircraft:
1,885
Jobs:
15,500
Econ Impact:
$577 Million
Notes:
Connecticut
Airports:
23
Pilots:
5,619
Aircraft:
3,188
Jobs:
45,800
Econ Impact:
$2.4 Billion
Notes:
Home of Sikorsky Aircraft
Colorado
Airports:
74
Pilots:
17,435
Aircraft:
5,412
Jobs:
256,000
Econ Impact:
$2.4 Billion
Notes:
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:
100
Pilots:
5,048
Aircraft:
3,053
Jobs:
5,400
Econ Impact:
$494 Million
Notes:
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:
402
Pilots:
8,066
Aircraft:
5,703
Jobs:
47,000
Econ Impact:
$400 Million
Notes:
Alabama
Airports:
92
Pilots:
7,491
Aircraft:
4,763
Jobs:
73,000
Econ Impact:
$1.7 Billion
Notes:

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 &
Emergency Services

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.

According

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Latest Economic
Trends
  • 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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