According to the 2022 Indiana State Aviation Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports in Indiana support over 11,000 jobs and a payroll of more than $548 million.
According to the FAA, there are 127 public-use airports. Also, according to the FAA, there are 4,992 based aircraft in Indiana and 12,554 pilots in the state.
According to the 2022 Indiana State Aviation Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports in Indiana support over 11,000 jobs and sustain a payroll of more than $548 million.
The same study estimates that the total annual economic impact of general aviation airports to Indiana’s economy is more than $1.4 billion.
The FAA reports that Indiana is home to 51 repair stations, 19 FAA-approved flight schools, 4,546 student pilots and 2,070 flight instructors. There are 76 fixed-base operators in the state, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to the FAA, there are 166 public- and private-use heliports in the state.
According to the University Aviation Association and the National Center for Education Statistics, flight departments in Indiana include Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion and Purdue University in West Lafayette.
“General aviation in Indiana and our network of aviation facilities support businesses, agriculture, tourism industries, critical services, medical care, while also driving economic activity in numerous other ways. With over 160 heliports and over 120 public-use airports, this infrastructure generates more than $10 billion annually and supports over 75,000 jobs throughout our state.”