Economic Impact of General Aviation in

North Dakota


According to the 2015 North Dakota Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports support more than $121 million in total economic output.

General Aviation Visitors

According to the 2015 North Dakota Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study, the total annual economic output from spending by visitors arriving to the state via general aviation is more than $101 million.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, North Dakota has 89 public-use airports, and approximately 3,600 pilots and about 2,000 registered aircraft.

Number of Jobs

According to the 2015 North Dakota Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports in North Dakota support 926 jobs and a payroll of more than $41 million.

Economic Impact

According to the 2015 North Dakota Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study, airports across the state support more than $1.5 billion in total economic output. According to the same study, general aviation airports support more than $121 million in total economic output.

According to the 2015 North Dakota Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study, off-airport aerial agricultural applicators support more than $15 million in economic output.

According to FAA data, North Dakota is home to 13 repair stations, 1 FAA-approved pilot schools, 820 student pilots and 495 flight instructors. In addition, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory, there are 54 fixed-base operators in the state. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 17 heliports in North Dakota.

According to the University Aviation Association, flight departments in North Dakota include the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

Cirrus Design Company, a light aircraft manufacturer, has a major production facility in Grand Forks, ND.

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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 North Dakota, choose from the list below.

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