According to the 2016 New Jersey Statewide Economic Impacts, general aviation airports in New Jersey support an economic impact of more than $2.8 billion.
According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics, New Jersey has 42 public-use airports. According to the FAA, those airports serve 8,432 pilots and 2,967 active general aviation aircraft.
According to the 2016 New Jersey State Airport System Plan, general aviation airports support more than 12,000 jobs in the state, with an annual payroll of over $890 million.
According to the same study, general aviation airports in New Jersey contribute more than $2.8 billion to the state’s economy.
FAA data shows that the state is home to 58 repair stations, 9 FAA-approved pilot schools, 1,922 student pilots and 1,624 flight instructors.
In addition, there are 37 fixed-base operators in the state, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics, there are 251 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 Mercer County Community College in Trenton, Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, and Stockton College in Galloway.
"General aviation has been at the forefront of developing technology to reduce carbon emissions, which is not only important at the global level but will create jobs.
And we need to make sure we enact policies that will support this important economic driver. That means considering remembering this network of airports as part of broader infrastructure debates and supporting local policies that will foster growth and understanding about the importance of this sector."