Economic Impact of General Aviation in

Minnesota


According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers study, Contribution of General Aviation to the US Economy in 2013, general aviation in Minnesota contributes over $5.3 billion to the state’s total economic output.

General Aviation Tourism

According to the 2011 Study of the Economic Impact of Minnesota Airports, in 2009, general aviation tourism had a total economic impact of more than $66 million.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the state has 135 public system airports and 5,679 registered and airworthy aircraft, and according to the FAA, there are 12,165 pilots in the state. According to a 2011 Study of the Economic Impact of Minnesota Airports, in an average year, approximately 276,640 general aviation landings occur across Minnesota.

Number of Jobs

According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers study, Contribution of General Aviation to the US Economy in 2013, general aviation supports 26,200 jobs in Minnesota, resulting in over $1.5 billion in labor income.

Economic Impact

According to the same study, general aviation in Minnesota contributes over $5.3 billion to the state’s total economic output.

According to FAA data, Minnesota is home to 51 repair stations, 13 FAA-approved pilot schools, 2,080 student pilots and 2,551 flight instructors. In addition, there are 111 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 83 heliports in Minnesota.

According to the University Aviation Association, flight departments in Minnesota include Academy College in Bloomington and Minnesota State University in Mankato.

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    Across the United States, governors and mayors from all 50 states have signed proclamations recognizing the importance of aviation industry. See what has passed in Minnesota, choose from the list below.

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