Economic Impact of General Aviation in

Montana


According to the 2008 Montana Economic Impact of Airports Study, general aviation airports support over $117 million in economic activity for the state.

General Aviation Tourism

According to the 2008 Montana Economic Impact of Airports Study, over 292,000 visitors arrive annually to Montana on general aviation aircraft.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the FAA, Montana has 128 public-use airports and 3,678 pilots. According to the Montana Department of Transportation, Aeronautics Division, 4,086 aircraft are registered in the state.

Number of Jobs

According to the 2008 Montana Economic Impact of Airports Study, general aviation airports in Montana support 1,258 jobs and an annual payroll of over $36 million. According to the same study by the Montana Department of Transportation, over 292,000 visitors arrive to Montana annually on general aviation aircraft.

Economic Impact

According to the 2008 Montana Economic Impact of Airports Study, general aviation airports generate over $117 million for the state’s economy.

According to FAA data, Montana is home to 20 repair stations, 6 FAA-approved pilot schools, 722 student pilots and 668 flight instructors. In addition, there are 61 fixed-base operators in the state, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 38 heliports in Montana.

Flight departments in Montana include Montana State University-Gallatin College in Bozeman and Rocky Mountain College in Billings, which offers degrees in Aviation Management and Aeronautical Science.

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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 Montana, choose from the list below.

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