Economic Impact of General Aviation in

Kentucky


According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers study, Contribution of General Aviation to the US Economy in 2013, general aviation in Kentucky contributes over $1.6 billion to the state’s total economic output.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the Kentucky Department of Aviation, the state is home to 59 public-use airports. According to the FAA, Kentucky’s airports serve 6,019 pilots and 1,431 active general aviation aircraft.

Number of Jobs

According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers study, Contribution of General Aviation to the US Economy in 2013, general aviation supports 9,400 jobs in Kentucky, resulting in $454 million in labor income.

Economic Impact

According to the same study, general aviation in Kentucky contributes over $1.6 billion to the state’s total economic output.

According to the Kentucky Department of Aviation, aviation/aerospace parts & components are the #1 export from Kentucky, accounting for $11.7 billion in exports in 2017. Kentucky is the #2 state in the U.S. in this category.

The FAA reports that Kentucky is home to 40 repair stations, 3 FAA-approved pilot schools, 1,407 student pilots and 1,087 flight instructors.

In addition, there are 53 fixed-base operators in the state, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to the Kentucky Department of Aviation, there are 138 heliports in Kentucky.

According to the University Aviation Association, flight departments in Kentucky include Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

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