According to the 2014 Florida Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study Update, general aviation airports in Florida contribute more than $7.7 billion to the state’s economy annually.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, there are 106 public-use general aviation airports in Florida. The FAA reports that these airports serve 54,254 pilots and 14,543 active general aviation aircraft.
According to the 2014 Florida Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study Update, general aviation airports support 64,512 jobs and an annual payroll of more than $2.4 billion.
According to the same study, general aviation airports in Florida contribute more than $7.7 billion to the state’s economy annually.
According to FAA data, Florida is home to 542 repair stations, 92 FAA-approved pilot schools, 13,177 student pilots and 9,904 flight instructors. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 310 heliports in Florida.
According to the University Aviation Association, flight departments in Florida include the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Broward College in Pembroke Pines, Everglades University in Boca Raton, Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Miami Dade College in Homestead, Polk State College in Winter Haven, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Lynn University in Boca Raton and Jacksonville University.
Additionally, several leading general aviation companies have facilities in Florida including Piper, Piaggio, Embraer, Rockwell Collins, and Avidyne.