Economic Impact of General Aviation in

South Carolina


According to the 2006 South Carolina Economic Impact of Aviation study, general aviation in South Carolina contributes over $417 million to the state’s economy.

Business Aviation

According to the 2006 South Carolina Economic Impact of Aviation study, 22% of businesses indicated that their company owns, has fractional ownership of, leases, or charters general aviation aircraft. In addition, approximately 37% of the respondents indicated that their customers or suppliers travel by general aviation.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, South Carolina is home to 66 public-use airports. According to the FAA, these airports serve 6,463 pilots and 2,258 active general aviation aircraft.

Number of Jobs

According to the 2006 South Carolina Economic Impact of Aviation study, the state’s general aviation airports support 5,167 jobs and a payroll of over $178 million per year.

Economic Impact

According to the 2006 South Carolina Economic Impact of Aviation study, general aviation airports in South Carolina contribute over $417 million to the state’s economy annually.

Over 753,000 visitors arrive to South Carolina by general aviation aircraft, accounting for an additional $87 million in economic impact annually.

FAA data reports that South Carolina is home to 38 repair stations, 2 FAA-approved pilot schools, 1,112 students and 1,119 flight instructors.

In addition, there are 51 fixed-base operators in the state, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 36 heliports in South Carolina.

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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 South Carolina, choose from the list below.

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