According to the Virginia Airport System Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports contribute about $1.1 billion 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 14,284 pilots and 5,329 active general aviation aircraft.
According to the Virginia Airport System Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports support 6,119 jobs and a payroll of over $361 million per year.
The same study found that general aviation airports contribute about $1.1 billion to Virginia’s economy annually.
Virginia is home to 51 repair stations, 17 FAA-certified flight schools, 3,312 student pilots and 2,799 certified flight instructors.
In addition, there are 61 fixed-base operators in Virginia, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Virginia Department of Aviation, there are 136 heliports in Virginia.
According to the University Aviation Association, flight training programs in Virginia include Averett University in Danville, Hampton University in Hampton and Liberty University in Lynchburg.