Economic Impact of General Aviation in

Texas


According to the 2018 Texas Aviation Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports in the state support an annual economic impact of over $9.3 billion.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the FAA, there are 396 public-use airports in Texas, which serve 63,527 pilots and 26,485 registered aircraft.

Number of Jobs

According to the 2018 Texas Aviation Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports in the state support more than 48,000 jobs and a total labor income of over $2.5 billion annually.

Economic Impact

The same study reports that general aviation airports in the state of Texas support an annual economic impact of over $9.3 billion.

According to FAA data, Texas is home to 379 repair stations, 55 FAA-approved pilot schools, 21,820 student pilots and 11,182 flight instructors. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 752 heliports in Texas. There are 302 fixed-base operators in Texas according to the AC-U-KWIK directory.

According to the University Aviation Association and the National Center for Education Statistics, aviation related training programs in Texas include Angelo State University in San Angelo, Baylor University in Waco, Hallmark University in San Antonio, LeTourneau University in Longview, Lone Star College in The Woodlands, Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen, Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas Southern University in Houston, Lone Star College in Conroe, and Texas State Technical College in Waco.

Dan Harmon, Director, Aviation Division, Texas Department of Transportation

"Texas' transportation and aviation infrastructure is a critical part of our state and national economy. We are home to 264 general aviation airports, many featuring runways in excess of 7,200 feet. General aviation in the state supports more than 48,000 jobs and generates an annual economic impact of $9.3 billion. Emerging technologies such as advanced air mobility represent the next generation of air transportation in the United States. Next-generation batteries and yet unforeseen transportation technologies will advance the nation towards sustainable aerospace and open new air transportation opportunities to move people between and within urban, suburban, and rural areas."

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