According to the 2012 Illinois Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports in Illinois support 54,887 jobs and a payroll of over $2 billion.
According to the Illinois Division of Aeronautics, there are 109 public-use airports in Illinois, 98 of which are general aviation airports. 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.
According to the 2012 Illinois Statewide Aviation Economic Impact study, general aviation airports support 54,887 jobs, sustaining a payroll of over $2 billion.
According to the same study, general aviation airports account for more than $4.4 billion in economic activity in the state.
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-based 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.
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For 62 years, the McCarren family has provided printing services for promotional products and materials. To keep their business afloat, Flow-Eze depends on its Cessna 172 to visit customers, vendors, and trade shows from their Rockford, IL office.
Lifeline Pilots is one of 16 national volunteer pilot organizations that fly patients to hospitals for medical treatment. Over 500 missions are flown per year by its 600 active volunteer general aviation pilots. Through this charitable organization, $800,000 is donated per year for humanitarian efforts. Lifeline Pilots operates out of Peoria, IL.
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