Economic Impact of General Aviation in

North Carolina


According to the 2016 Economic Impact of Airports in North Carolina study, the total annual economic output of general aviation airports in North Carolina is over $4 billion.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the 2016 Economic Impact of Airports in North Carolina study, there are 62 publicly-owned general aviation airports. According to the FAA, there are 13,771 active pilots and 5,527 general aviation aircraft in North Carolina.

Number of Jobs

According to the 2016 Economic Impact of Airports in North Carolina study, general aviation airports support 23,610 jobs in North Carolina, sustaining a total payroll of over $956 million.

Economic Impact

According to the same study, the total annual economic output of general aviation airports in North Carolina is over $4 billion.

According to FAA data, North Carolina is home to 66 repair stations, 16 FAA-approved pilot schools, 2,539 student pilots and 2,532 flight instructors.

In addition, there are 84 fixed-base operators in the state registered in the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 113 heliports in North Carolina.

According to the University Aviation Association, flight departments in North Carolina include Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City.

Additionally, Honda Aircraft Company, headquartered in Greensboro, NC, employs approximately 1,700 people in the state, according to Business North Carolina.

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