Economic Impact of General Aviation in


According to the 2020 Georgia Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study, general aviation contributes more than $1.94 billion annually to the state’s economy.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to FAA data, there are 95 general aviation airports in the state, which serve 20,555 pilots, including 1,459 women, and 7,978 active general aviation aircraft.

Number of Jobs

The 2020 Georgia Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study found that general aviation airports support nearly 15,000 jobs and a payroll of over $608 million.

Economic Impact

The same study estimated that general aviation airports contribute more than $1.94 billion annually to the state’s economy.

The FAA reports there are 131 repair stations in the state, 18 FAA-approved flight schools, 5,397 student pilots, and 3,863 flight instructors.

In addition, there are 97 fixed-base operators in the state, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 178 heliports in Georgia.

According to the University Aviation Association, there is a flight department at Middle Georgia State University in Eastman.

Paul Wofford, Georgia State Patrol

"Georgia State Patrol’s Aviation Division is a team of 21 pilots, maintenance technicians, and general support staff. We serve all 159 counties in Georgia.

We answer the call for any local law enforcement agency in need of aerial support to catch criminals, fight fires on private lands and state parks, conduct crowd control for large events and rescue at-risk individuals in remote areas."

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