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Summary of Economic Impact of General Aviation in Massachusetts

Denotes general aviation airports.
Denotes general aviation heliports.

The 2011 Massachusetts Statewide Airport Economic Activity Impact Study found that general aviation airports contribute more than $443 million annually to the Massachusetts economy.

AVIATION BY THE NUMBERS

According to the MassDOT Aeronautics Division, the state is home to 39 public-use airports. According to the FAA, these airports serve 7,968 pilots and 2,663 active general aviation aircraft.

NUMBER OF JOBS

The 2011 Massachusetts Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study found that general aviation airports in Massachusetts support more than 4,300 jobs across the state, with a total payroll of over $137 million.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

The same study found that general aviation airports contribute more than $443 million to the Massachusetts economy.

In addition, FAA data shows that Massachusetts is home to 59 repair stations, 11 FAA-approved schools, 1,752 flight students and 1,192 flight instructors.

According to the comprehensive AC-U-KWIK directory, there are 43 fixed-based operators in the state. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 237 heliports in Massachusetts.

According to the University Aviation Association, flight departments in Massachusetts include Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater and North Shore Community College in Danvers.

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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