Economic Impact of General Aviation in

South Carolina


According to the 2018 South Carolina Economic Impact of Aviation study, general aviation airports in South Carolina contribute over $1 billion to the state’s economy.

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 6,810 pilots and 2,258 active general aviation aircraft.

Number of Jobs

According to the 2018 South Carolina Economic Impact of Aviation study, the state’s general aviation airports support 5,850 jobs and a payroll of over $279 million per year.

Economic Impact

According to the same study, general aviation airports in South Carolina contribute over $1 billion to the state’s economy annually.

FAA data reports that South Carolina is home to 46 repair stations, 2 FAA-approved pilot schools, 1,416 student pilots and 1,187 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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