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Summary of Economic Impact of General Aviation in Illinois

Denotes general aviation airports.
Denotes general aviation heliports.

According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers study, Contribution of General Aviation to the US Economy in 2013, general aviation in Illinois contributes over $9 billion to the state’s total economic output.

AVIATION BY THE NUMBERS

According to the Illinois Division of Aeronautics, there are 98 public-use general aviation airports in Illinois. These airports support 14,117 general aviation pilots and 5,661 active general aviation aircraft.

According to the 2012 Illinois Statewide Aviation Economic Impact study, general aviation aircraft conducted an estimated 2.4 million operations in the state of Illinois in 2010.

NUMBER OF JOBS

According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers study, Contribution of General Aviation to the US Economy in 2013, general aviation supports 42,400 jobs in Illinois, resulting in over $3 billion in labor income.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

According to the same study, general aviation in Illinois contributes over $9 billion to the state’s total economic output.

FAA data shows that Illinois is home to 96 repair stations, 13 FAA-approved pilot schools, 3,354 flight instructors and 3,119 student pilots. In addition, there are 90 fixed-base operators in the state registered in the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to the Illinois Division of Aeronautics, there are 286 heliports in the state.

According to the University Aviation Association, flight departments in Illinois include Lewis University in Romeoville, Quincy University, DePaul University in Chicago, Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Carbondale, and the University of Illinois in Savoy.

LINKS TO OTHER STUDIES

To view a complete copy of the Illinois Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study, visit the Illinois Department of Transportation site.

To view a complete copy of the PricewaterhouseCoopers study, Contribution of General Aviation to the US Economy in 2013, visit the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association website. 

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