Economic Impact of General Aviation in


According to the 2011 Georgia Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study, general aviation contributes more than $1.2 billion annually to the state’s economy.

Aviation by the Numbers

The Georgia Department of Transportation reports that there are 95 public-use general aviation airports in the state, which serve 19,495 pilots and 8,114 active general aviation aircraft.

Number of Jobs

The 2011 Georgia Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study found that general aviation airports support more than 10,000 jobs and a payroll of $354 million.

Economic Impact

The same study estimated that general aviation airports contribute more than $1.2 billion annually to the state’s economy.

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the state is home to 127 repair stations, 15 FAA-approved flight schools, 3,152 student pilots and 3,345 flight instructors.

In addition, there are 95 fixed-base operators in the state, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 119 heliports in Georgia.

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

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