Economic Impact of General Aviation in

Virginia


According to the 2018 Virginia Airport System Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports in Virginia support about $1.1 billion in economic impact an annual basis.

Aviation by the Numbers

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 16,811 pilots and 5,227 registered aircraft.

Number of Jobs

According to the 2018 Virginia Airport System Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports support over 6,100 jobs and a payroll of over $360 million per year.

Economic Impact

The same study found that general aviation airports in Virginia support about $1.1 billion in economic impact annually.

According to FAA data, Virginia is home to 48 repair stations, 14 FAA-certified flight schools, 5,771 student pilots and 3,115 certified flight instructors.

In addition, there are 60 fixed-base operators in Virginia, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Virginia Department of Aviation, there are 132 heliports in Virginia.

According to the University Aviation Association and the National Center for Education Statistics, flight training programs in Virginia include Averett University in Danville, Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Manassas in Manassas, Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge, Danville Community College in Danville, New River Community College in Dublin, Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon, Virginia Peninsula Community College in Hampton, Hampton University in Hampton and Liberty University in Lynchburg.

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