According to the 2010 New York State Economic Impacts of Aviation study, general aviation airports in New York drive more than $1 billion in economic impact.
According to the New York Department of Transportation Aviation Bureau, there are 108 public-use general aviation airports in New York. The FAA reports that these airports support 16,267 pilots and 5,116 active general aviation aircraft.
According to the 2010 New York Statewide Economic Impacts of Aviation study, general aviation airports support a total of 8,638 jobs and a payroll of over $477 million in New York.
According to the same study, the economic impact of general aviation airports in New York is more than $1 billion.
FAA data shows that New York is home to 118 repair stations, 11 FAA-approved pilot schools, 2,617 flight instructors and 4,108 student pilots.
In addition, there are 75 fixed-base operators in the state, according to the comprehensive AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 587 heliports in New York.
According to the University Aviation Association, flight departments in New York include CUNY Aviation Institute at York College in Jamaica, Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, Farmingdale State College in Farmingdale and Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Flushing.
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John Sacket of Sacket Farms depends on a general aviation aircraft to distribute home grown vegetables, corns, and wheat to green merchants, cooperatives, and individual farmers. His aircraft also helps to transport parts for equipment used on the farm.
In the 1970s, manufacturing companies in western New York were downsized, causing several scrap metal recycling companies to go out of business. Unlike its competitors, the Manitoba Corporation invested in a small plane instead of closing its doors. This investment allowed Manitoba to connect with customers beyond its local area, and saved the business from closing. The corporation is still in operation, and is based out of Lancaster, NY.
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