According to the 2009 Uses and Benefits of Aviation in Iowa study, general aviation airports in Iowa contribute more than $400 million to the economy.
According to the 2009 Uses and Benefits of Aviation in Iowa study, EMS operators in Iowa fly an estimated 4,000 missions each year, supporting an annual payroll of over $11 million. The total annual economic activity associated with Iowa’s helicopter EMS providers is estimated at almost $22 million.
According to the Iowa DOT Office of Aviation, Iowa has 99 public-use general aviation airports. According to the FAA, these airports serve 5,009 pilots and 2,868 active general aviation aircraft.
According to the 2009 Uses and Benefits of Aviation in Iowa study, general aviation airports in Iowa support 2,257 jobs, with an overall payroll of $72 million annually.
According to the same study, general aviation airports contribute $187 million annually to the state's economy, and much more when productivity increases for Iowa businesses are taken into consideration.
The FAA reports that Iowa is home to 36 repair stations, 7 FAA-approved pilot schools, 825 flight instructors and 983 student pilots.
Additionally, there are 81 fixed-base operators in Iowa registered in the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 89 heliports in Iowa.
According to the University Aviation Association and the Iowa Department of Transportation, flight departments in Iowa include Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa Central Community College in Webster City, Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, and Scott Community College in Bettendorf.