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.

Agricultural Aviation

According to the South Dakota State Aviation System Plan 2010-2030, agricultural aviation in South Dakota supports an economic impact of nearly $32 million and over $10 million in income.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the South Dakota Office of Aeronautics, South Dakota is home to 65 public-use general aviation airports. According to the FAA, these airports serve 2,185 pilots and 1,229 active general aviation aircraft across the state.

Number of Jobs

According to the South Dakota State Aviation System Plan 2010-2030, the aviation industry in South Dakota supports over 7,000 jobs with an annual income of $250 million. Agricultural aviation supports more than $10 million of income in the state, according to the same study.

Economic Impact

According to the same study, the aviation industry supports over $791 million in state business sales.

According to FAA data, South Dakota is home to 12 repair stations, 3 FAA-approved pilot schools, 388 student pilots and 429 flight instructors.

In addition, there are 42 fixed-base operators in the state, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, 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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    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 Dakota, choose from the list below.

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