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Summary of Economic Impact of General Aviation in Massachusetts

Denotes general aviation airports.
Denotes general aviation heliports.

A 2011 Massachusetts Statewide Airport Economic Activity Impact Study found that general aviation in the state supports over $443 million annually. Overall, the state’s aviation system generates almost $12 billion in economic activity.

AVIATION BY THE NUMBERS

Massachusetts has 39 public-use airports, serving 8,399 private pilots and 2,426 general aviation aircraft.

NUMBER OF JOBS

According to the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission, Massachusetts’ airports support over 124,000 jobs.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

A 2011 Massachusetts Statewide Airport Economic Activity Impact Study found that state’s general aviation airports support over $443 million annually. Overall, the state’s aviation system generates almost $12 billion in economic activity annually.

Massachusetts is home to 22 charter flight companies, 58 repair stations, and 12 flight schools. In addition, there are 41 fixed based operators in the state.

Members of the University Aviation Association are located at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, MA and North Shore Community College in Danvers, MA

LINKS TO OTHER STUDIES

To view a complete copy of the Massachusetts Statewide Airport System Plan, visit the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division site.

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Local Spotlight

Angel Flight Northeast

Angel Flight Northeast, a division of Angel Flight, provides charity flights to patients who live in rural areas without access to major hub airports. Angel Flight Northeast has operated over 50,000 flights out of North Andover, MA and has more than 1100 volunteer pilots who provide charity air transportation using their personal aircraft.

 

Col-East Inc.

An Aero Commander 500 B is a vital resource for Col-East Inc based in North Adams, MA. It allows the company to take high quality aerial photos from the sky with a camera that shoots through a hole at the bottom of the airplane. Col-East is able to provide mapping services for clients ranging from small engineering and surveying companies to government agencies.

 

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