Economic Impact of General Aviation in

Florida


According to the 2019 Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports in Florida contribute more than $18.4 billion to the state’s economy annually.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the Florida Department of Transportation, there are 109 public-use general aviation airports in Florida. The FAA reports that these airports serve 68,914 pilots and 19,641 registered aircraft.

Number of Jobs

According to the 2019 Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports support 108,473 jobs and an annual payroll of more than $5.4 billion.

Economic Impact

According to the same study, general aviation airports in Florida contribute more than $18.4 billion to the state’s economy annually. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida is home to 554 repair stations and 299 public- and private-use heliports. According to the FAA, Florida has 100 FAA-approved pilot schools, 22,225 student pilots and 11,943 flight instructors. The state has 150 fixed-base operators according to the AC-U-KWIK database.

According to the Florida Department of Transportation and the University Aviation Association, flight departments in Florida include the Broward College Aviation Institute in Pembroke Pines, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Everglades University in Boca Raton, Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Florida State College in Jacksonville, Lynn University in Boca Raton, Miami Dade College in Homestead, Pasco-Hernando State College in New Port Richey, Polk State College in Winter Haven, Southeastern University in Lakeland, Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, University of Miami in Coral Gables, and University of South Florida in Tampa.

Additionally, several leading general aviation companies have facilities in Florida including Piper, Piaggio, Embraer, Rockwell Collins, and Avidyne.

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    Across the United States, governors and mayors from all 50 states have signed proclamations recognizing the importance of aviation industry. See what has passed in Florida, choose from the list below.

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