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Summary of Economic Impact of General Aviation in Arizona

Denotes general aviation airports.
Denotes general aviation heliports.

According to the 2012 Economic Impact of Aviation in Arizona report, general aviation in Arizona generates an estimated $609 million in economic activity and supports $261 million in wages and benefits annually.


According to the FAA, there are 79 public-use airports in Arizona, which serve 18,274 pilots and 6,070 active general aviation aircraft.

The 2012 Economic Impact of Aviation in Arizona report found that in 2011, 2.5 million visitors traveled to Arizona by general aviation aircraft.


According to the 2012 Economic Impact of Aviation in Arizona report, general aviation supports 6,890 jobs in Arizona and sustains a payroll of $261 million annually.


According to the same report, general aviation supports $609 million in economic activity in Arizona annually.

According to FAA data, Arizona is home to 137 repair stations and 26 flight schools that host 3,845 student pilots and 3,674 flight instructors.

In addition, there are 71 fixed-base operators in the state, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 83 heliports in Arizona.

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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