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Summary of Economic Impact of General Aviation in Illinois

Denotes general aviation airports.
Denotes general aviation heliports.

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.

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 2012 Illinois Statewide Aviation Economic Impact study, general aviation airports support 54,887 jobs in the state, sustaining a payroll of over $2 billion.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

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-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.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

  • "The airport (Lewis University Airport in Romeoville, IL) is important for economic development in the region. It also allows companies access to fly their people in and out of there." - U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (“Romeoville airport wins grant for upgrades,” Chicago Tribune, August 21, 2013)
  • “Maintaining and improving Illinois’ aviation infrastructure is vitally important to meeting the needs of travelers and small businesses, and ensuring the safety of airport workers.” – Governor Pat Quinn (“Local airports win state grants,” The Southern, January 24, 2013)
  • "We think we have the platform on which to build the business and grow over the next few years." - David Bird, DuPage Airport authority's executive director." ("Study: DuPage Airport Boost to Area Economy," Chicago Daily Herald. June 5, 2012)

LINKS TO OTHER STUDIES

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

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