According to the 2011 Virginia Airport System Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports contribute over $728 million to the state’s economy on an annual basis.
According to the Virginia Department of Aviation, the Commonwealth of Virginia is home to 66 public-use airports. According to the FAA, Virginia airports serve 13,961 pilots and 4,064 active general aviation aircraft.
According to the 2011 Virginia Airport System Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports support 5,154 jobs and a payroll of over $213 million per year.
The same study found that general aviation airports contribute over $728 million to Virginia’s economy annually.
Virginia is home to 51 repair stations, 18 FAA-approved flight schools, 2,753 flight students and 2,778 flight instructors.
In addition, there are 62 fixed-base operators in Virginia, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 136 heliports in Virginia.
According to the University Aviation Association, flight departments in Virginia include Averett University in Danville, Hampton University in Hampton and Liberty University in Lynchburg.