Economic Impact of General Aviation in

Arkansas


According to the 2006 Arkansas State Airport System Plan, general aviation airports in Arkansas support more than $494 million in economic activity annually.

Business Benefits from Aviation

According to the 2006 Arkansas State Airport System Plan, 41 percent of businesses that responded to an aviation survey either lease, charter, own or have fractional ownership of a general aviation aircraft, and 33 percent indicated that their clients/vendors use general aviation to visit them in Arkansas.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the FAA, Arkansas has 101 public-use airports, which serve 4,917 pilots and 2,879 active general aviation aircraft.

According to the 2006 Arkansas State Airport System Plan, more than 77 percent of all annual aircraft operations in the state are attributable to general aviation.

Number of Jobs

According to the same study, general aviation airports in Arkansas support 5,400 jobs and an annual payroll of $133.4 million.

Economic Impact

According to the 2006 Arkansas State Airport System Plan, general aviation airports in Arkansas support an economic value of more than $494 million annually.

According to FAA data, Arkansas is home to 40 repair stations, 5 FAA-approved pilot schools, 1,091 student pilots and 753 flight instructors. In addition, there are 80 fixed-base operators in the state, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 83 heliports in Arkansas.

According to the University Aviation Association, flight departments in Arkansas include Henderson State University in Arkadelphia and Ozarka College in Melbourne.

Additionally, Dassault Falcon Jet has a major completion center in Arkansas.

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