Economic Impact of General Aviation in

Iowa


According to the 2022 Iowa Aviation Economic Impact Report, general aviation airports contribute more than $306 million to the state’s total annual economic output.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the Iowa DOT Office of Aviation, Iowa has 106 general aviation airports. According to the FAA, these airports serve 5,785 pilots and 3,393 active aircraft.

Number of Jobs

According to the 2022 Iowa Aviation Economic Impact Report, general aviation airports in the state support over 2,500 jobs, with an overall payroll of more than $105 million annually.

Economic Impact

According to the same study, general aviation airports contribute over $306 million annually to the state's economic output.

The FAA reports that Iowa is home to 34 repair stations, 4 FAA-approved pilot schools, 872 flight instructors and 2,015 student pilots.

Additionally, there are 83 fixed-base operators in Iowa registered in the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 109 heliports in Iowa.

According to the University Aviation Association and the National Center for Education Statistics, flight departments in Iowa include Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, University of Dubuque in Dubuque, and Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.

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