Economic Impact of General Aviation in

Illinois


According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers study, Contribution of General Aviation to the US Economy in 2013, general aviation in Illinois contributes over $9 billion to the state’s total economic output.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the Illinois Division of Aeronautics, there are 105 public-use airports in Illinois. FAA data reports that Illinois is home to 15,902 general aviation pilots and 5,077 active general aviation aircraft.

Number of Jobs

According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers study, Contribution of General Aviation to the US Economy in 2013, general aviation supports 42,400 jobs in Illinois, resulting in over $3 billion in labor income.

Economic Impact

According to the same study, general aviation in Illinois contributes over $9 billion to the state’s total economic output.

FAA data shows that Illinois is home to 102 repair stations, 14 FAA-approved pilot schools, 3,377 flight instructors and 3,302 student pilots.

There are 88 fixed-base operators in the state according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to the Helicopter Association International, there are 257 heliports in the state.

According to the University Aviation Association, flight departments in Illinois include Lewis University in Romeoville, The Institute of Aviation at Parkland College in Savoy, Quincy University in Quincy, and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

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