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Summary of Economic Impact of General Aviation in New York

Denotes general aviation airports.
Denotes general aviation heliports.

New York State has a total of 90 public-use airports that support 394,506 jobs. According to the New York State Department of Transportation, the total economic output attributed to general aviation is $1.06 billion.


There are 90 public-use airports that are used by 17,449 pilots and 6,457 general aviation aircraft.


Across New York State, aviation supports more than 394,500 jobs with a total payroll of over $18 billion.


According to New York Department of Transportation, the economic impact of general aviation airports is $1.06 billion. The total economic impact of aviation totals over $50 billion.

Helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky in Elmira generates $1.3 billion and employs 1,250 workers.

New York is home to 72 charter flight companies, 129 repair stations, two fractional providers, and 16 flight schools operating 85 aircraft, supporting 235 jobs. In addition, there are 78 fixed-based operators in the state.

Members of the University Aviation Association include CUNY Aviation Institute at York College in Jamaica, NY; Dowling College in Shirley, NY; Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie; and NY and Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Flushing, NY.


"General Aviation is extremely important to this airport, in fact, 60 percent of all aircraft operations going in and out of Binghamton are general aviation-oriented." – Carl Beardsley, Broome County Commissioner of Aviation. ("Making Room For More Aircraft," WBNG Action News 12, October 3, 2012)


To view a complete copy of the New York State Economic Impacts of Aviation Study, visit the New York Department of Transportation Aviation Bureau site.

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Local Spotlight

Sackett Farms

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.


Manitoba Corporation

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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