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Summary of Economic Impact of General Aviation in Pennsylvania

Denotes general aviation airports.
Denotes general aviation heliports.

 According to the 2011 Economic Impact of Aviation in Pennsylvania study, general aviation airports in Pennsylvania contribute over $1.3 billion in economic impact each year.


According to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Aviation, the state is home to 102 licensed, public general aviation airports. According to the FAA, these airports serve 15,637 pilots and 5,386 active general aviation aircraft.


According to the 2011 Economic Impact of Aviation in Pennsylvania study, general aviation airports in Pennsylvania support 8,548 jobs and sustain a payroll of over $339 million.


According to the 2011 Pennsylvania Economic Impact of Aviation study, general aviation airports in Pennsylvania contribute over $1.3 billion in economic impact each year. The same study found that over 600,000 visitors arrive to Pennsylvania on general aviation aircraft annually. That activity supports an economic impact of over $81 million.

According to FAA data, Pennsylvania is home to 94 repair stations, 15 FAA-approved pilot schools, 3,043 flight students and 2,720 flight instructors.

In addition, there are 77 fixed-base operators in the state, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 333 heliports in Pennsylvania.

According to the University Aviation Association, flight departments in Pennsylvania include Community College of Beaver County in Beaver Falls and Marywood University in Scranton.

Additionally, piston engine manufacturer Lycoming is located in Williamsport, PA.


A recent economic impact survey commissioned by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation found that the aviation industry is creating jobs and generating significant revenue for local communities. PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch stated that, “This study proves that investments we're making in aviation in Pennsylvania are paying dividends for Pennsylvanians. Airport access stimulates businesses, supports five percent of the state's workforce and provides transportation options." (“New Study Highlights Aviation Industry’s Economic Impact Benefit," NORTHCENTRALPA.COM. November 3, 2011)


To view a complete copy of the state's Economic Impact of Aviation study, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Bureau of Aviation site.

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