According to the 2012 Indiana Airports’ Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports in Indiana support 32,132 jobs and a payroll of about $1.7 billion.
According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, there are 117 public-use airports and 5,003 registered general aviation aircraft in Indiana. According to the FAA, there are 9,878 pilots in the state.
According to the 2012 Indiana Airports’ Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports in Indiana support 32,132 jobs and sustain a payroll of more than $1.7 billion.
The same study estimates that the total annual economic impact of general aviation airports to Indiana’s economy is more than $5.8 billion.
The FAA reports that Indiana is home to 54 repair stations, 12 FAA-approved flight schools, 2,435 student pilots and 1,728 flight instructors. There are 74 fixed-base operators in the state, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Indiana Department of Transportation, there are 118 public- and private-use heliports in the state.
According to the University Aviation Association and the Indiana Department of Transportation, flight departments in Indiana include Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Purdue University in West Lafayette, and Vincennes University in Vincennes.
Additionally, manufacturer Rolls Royce has facilities in Indiana where general aviation aircraft engines are produced, and GE is also manufacturing turbine engines in Lafayette, Indiana.