Economic Impact of General Aviation in

New Jersey


According to the 2006 New Jersey State Airport System Plan, general aviation airports in New Jersey contribute more than $1.7 billion to the state’s economy.

Aviation and Business

According to the 2006 New Jersey State Airport System Plan, more than 55,000 New Jersey businesses (which equate to more than 25% of all state establishments) in the manufacturing, transportation, finance, insurance, and technical service sectors, use aviation services.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the FAA, New Jersey has 43 public-use airports that serve 8,630 pilots and 2,852 active general aviation aircraft. According to the 2006 New Jersey State Airport System Plan, New Jersey’s public-use airports support more than 2.5 million general aviation operations each year.

Numbers of Jobs

According to the 2006 New Jersey State Airport System Plan, general aviation sustains more than 18,000 jobs in the state, with an annual payroll of over $624 million.

The same study found that more than 55,000 New Jersey businesses (which equate to more than 25% of all state establishments) in the manufacturing, transportation, finance, insurance, and technical service sectors, use aviation services.

Economic Impact

According to the 2006 New Jersey State Airport System Plan, general aviation airports in New Jersey contribute more than $1.7 billion to the state’s economy.

FAA data shows that the state is home to 60 repair stations, 10 FAA-approved pilot schools, 1,827 student pilots and 1,609 flight instructors. In addition, there are 35 fixed-base operators in the state, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 212 heliports in New Jersey.

According to the University Aviation Association and the NJDOT Division of Aeronautics, flight departments and aviation programs in New Jersey include Bergen Community College in Paramus, Mercer County Community College in Trenton, Atlantic Cape Community College in Hamilton, Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, and Stockton College in Galloway.