Economic Impact of General Aviation in

Kansas


According to the 2016 Kansas Aviation Economic Impact Study Update, , general aviation airports in Kansas support more than $3.7 billion in economic activity annually.

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 7,807 pilots and 5,116 registered aircraft..

Number of Jobs

According to the 2016 Kansas Aviation Economic Impact Study Update, general aviation airports in Kansas support over 11,000 jobs and an overall payroll of more than $574 million.

Economic Impact

According to the 2016 Kansas Aviation Economic Impact Study Update, general aviation airports in Kansas support more than $3.7 billion in economic activity annually. According to the same study, activity from aerial applicators adds a value of more than $490 million to the state’s agricultural output.

FAA data shows that Kansas is home to 97 repair stations, 7 FAA-approved pilot schools, 2,690 student pilots and 1,390 flight instructors. In addition, there are 89 fixed-base operators in the state registered in the AC-U-KWIK database. According to the FAA, Kansas has 61 heliports..

According to the 2022 Collegiate Aviation Guide and the National Center for Education Statistics, flight departments in Kansas include Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Hesston College in Heston, and Kansas State University in Salina.

Kansas Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz, Chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Council on Aviation

"With a $20.6 billion-per-year aerospace industry in Kansas, aviation and general aviation companies in Kansas have been at the forefront of fielding sustainable fuel and emerging aerospace technologies such as unmanned systems and AAM. Aviation supports more than 47,000 well-paying jobs in the state, as well as critical services for local communities and a workforce training pipeline for the largest aircraft manufacturing complex in the world. As we continue to partner with major aerospace manufacturers, AAM represents exciting opportunities for more connected communities while reducing congestion and environmental impact.

Now is the time for each of us to embrace a culture of innovation as we work together to validate technologies that are worthy of significant investment. By collaborating on efforts like SAF and AAM, we are working to build a world-class transportation system for our nation and everything that depends on it."

Bob Brock - Director of Aviation, Kansas Department of Transportation

“With a $20.6 billion-per-year aerospace industry in Kansas, aviation and general aviation companies in Kansas have been at the forefront of fielding sustainable fuel and emerging aerospace technologies such as unmanned systems and AAM. Aviation supports more than 47,000 well-paying jobs in the state, critical services for local communities and a workforce training pipeline for the largest aircraft manufacturing complex in the world. As we continue to partner with major aerospace manufacturers, AAM represents exciting opportunities for more connected communities while reducing congestion and environmental impact."

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