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Summary of Economic Impact of General Aviation in Arizona

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General aviation in Arizona generates an estimated $609 million in economic activity annually. Across the state, over 6,800 people are employed in the general aviation industry, with wages and benefits totaling $261 million.


Arizona has a total of 30,246 pilots and 7,531 aircraft.

According to a 2004 report by the Arizona Department of Transportation, there are 3.4 million general aviation operations at Arizona’s general aviation and commercial airports.


Across Arizona, 6,890 people are employed in the general aviation industry, with wages and benefits totaling $261 million.


According to a 2013 Economic Impact of Aviation in Arizona Statewide Report, general aviation generates $609 million in economic activity annually.

Arizona is home to 62 charter flight companies, 148 repair stations, one fractional provider, and 31 flight schools operating 412 aircraft and providing 984 jobs. In addition, there are 68 fixed-based operators in the state.

There are two university-based aviation schools, located at Arizona State University in Mesa, AZ and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott, in Prescott, AZ.

Arizona is also home to many general aviation manufacturing companies including Honeywell Aerospace and Universal Avionics.


“The Cochise County Airport plays an increasing role in the promotion and development of the city of Willcox and the Cochise County area.” - Lisa Marra, grants administrator for the Chochise County, AZ. (“Barber welcomes $228,000 for Wilcox airport,” The Herald Sierra Vista. August 24, 2013)


To view a complete copy of the Arizona State Airport System Plan, visit the Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Group site.

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Iron Design company

John Sinioris owns Iron Design Company, an ornamental steel manufacturer that specializes in projects for custom homes. This five man shop is operated out of Phoenix, AZ, and when Sinioris or his employees need to meet with customers around the state of Arizona, they rely on his Piper 250 Comanche or Cherokee 140 to get to areas that are not served by the commercial airlines.


Flights for Life

Flights for Life, Incorporated (FFL), a non profit organization based in Phoenix, AZ, works in cooperation with hospitals, blood banks, and health-care agencies to transport human blood, tissue and organs around the State of Arizona. The organization also provides free transportation to ambulatory patients within the State of Arizona and adjoining states. Formed in 1984, Flights for Life has grown to 125 volunteers who fly more than 225,000 miles each year. Each pilot donates their time, skill and private aircraft as a contribution to the organization. Warren McIlvoy serves as the President for Flights for Life.


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