Economic Impact of General Aviation in

Minnesota


According to the 2019 Minnesota Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports in Minnesota support over $418 million in economic impact annually.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the state has 126 general aviation airports and 6,537 registered aircraft. According to the FAA, there are 14,638 pilots in the state.

Number of Jobs

According to the 2019 Minnesota Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports support over 3,600 jobs in Minnesota, resulting in over $160 million in labor income.

Economic Impact

According to the same study, general aviation airports in Minnesota support over $418 million in annual economic impact.

According to FAA data, Minnesota is home to 51 repair stations, 11 FAA-approved pilot schools, 4,296 student pilots and 3,012 flight instructors.

In addition, there are 105 fixed-base operators in the state, according to the comprehensive AC-U-KWIK directory. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, there are a total of 124 heliports in Minnesota.

According to the University Aviation Association and the National Center for Education Statistics, flight departments in Minnesota include Minnesota State University in Mankato, Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Lake Superior College in Duluth, Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, University of Minnesota in Crookston, and Academy College in Bloomington.

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