Economic Impact of General Aviation in


According to the 2010 Kansas Aviation Economic Impact study, the total economic impact of general aviation is $5.4 billion.

Off-Airport Aviation-Dependent Businesses

According to the 2010 Kansas Aviation Economic Impact study, approximately 67,000 jobs depend on aviation in Kansas. Many businesses in the region also depend on the state’s airports and general aviation for the transport of employees, clients and supplies.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, Division of Aviation, Kansas has 138 public-use airports. According to the FAA, these airports serve 6,813 pilots and 4,176 active general aviation aircraft.

Number of Jobs

According to the 2010 Kansas Aviation Economic Impact study, general aviation airports support 23,266 jobs and an overall payroll of $1.1 billion.

According to the same study, approximately 47,000 additional jobs in Kansas depend on the development, production and manufacture of aircraft, aviation support systems, aircraft components and other aviation and aerospace-related products. These jobs support an overall payroll of $1.6 billion annually. According to a Wichita Eagle article from March 14, 2014, Cessna supports 5,400 jobs and Beechcraft supports about 3,500.

Economic Impact

The 2010 Kansas Aviation Economic Impact study found that general aviation supports $5.4 billion in economic activity annually in Kansas. According to the same study, agricultural companies in Kansas that depend on aviation sustain up to $1.2 billion in economic activity.

FAA data shows that Kansas is home to 104 repair stations, 8 FAA-approved pilot schools, 1,299 flight students and 1,433 instructors. In addition, there are 91 fixed-base operators in the state registered in the AC-U-KWIK database. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 40 heliports in the state.

According to the University Aviation Association, flight departments in Kansas include Kansas State University in Salina.

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