Economic Impact of General Aviation in

South Dakota


According to the South Dakota State Aviation System Plan 2010-2030, the aviation industry supports over $791 million in state business sales.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the South Dakota Office of Aeronautics, South Dakota is home to 71 public airports, which serve 2,185 pilots and 2,191 aircraft across the state.

Number of Jobs

According to the South Dakota State Aviation System Plan 2010-2030, airports in South Dakota support over 7,000 jobs with an annual income of more than $251 million. Agricultural aviation has a total impact of more than $31 million in the state, supporting 64 agricultural operators, according to the same study.

Economic Impact

According to the same study, South Dakota airports support over $791 million in state business sales.

According to the South Dakota Office of Aeronautics, the state is home to 13 repair stations, 3 pilot schools and one maintenance school. According to the FAA, there are 526 student pilots and 435 flight instructors in South Dakota.

According to the South Dakota Office of Aeronautics, there are 42 fixed-base operators in the state and there are 34 heliports in South Dakota.

According to the University Aviation Association, flight departments in South Dakota include South Dakota State University in Brookings.

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