Economic Impact of General Aviation in

Washington


According to the 2020 Washington Aviation Economic Impact, airports in Washington support more than 407,000 jobs and a payroll of $26.8 billion.

Aviatoin by the Numbers

According to the WSDOT Aviation Division, Washington is home to 136 public-use airports, which serve 18,548 pilots and 6,315 registered and active aircraft.

Number of Jobs

According to the 2020 Washington Aviation Economic Impact, airports in Washington support more than 407,000 jobs and a payroll of $26.8 billion.

Economic Impact

According to the same study, airports in Washington contribute more than $107 billion in business revenues to the state’s economy each year.

According to FAA data, Washington is home to 110 repair stations, 22 FAA-approved pilot schools, 5,045 student pilots and 4,037 flight instructors.

In addition, there are 62 fixed-base operators in the state of Washington according to the comprehensive AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 207 heliports in Washington.

According to the University Aviation Association and the WSDOT Aviation Division, flight departments in Washington include Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Walla Walla University in Walla Walla, Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Green River College in Kent and Clover Park Technical College in Puyallup.

Sustainability

In Washington, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is available at Boeing Field/King County International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which has set a goal to power every flight fueled at the airport with at least 10% SAF by 2028.

Boeing, which has locations in Everett and Renton, committed to ensuring all its commercial aircraft will be certified for the use of 100% SAF by 2030. MagniX in Redmond, Eviation in Arlington, and Zunum Aero in Kirkland are each developing fully electric or electric hybrid aircraft propulsion systems.

David Fleckenstein, Director of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Aviation Division

"Aviation, including general aviation, is a critical part of the economy in Washington. Given the need to address the impacts from fossil fuel use, companies like Boeing, Gevo, Avfuel, Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, SkyNRG and many others, are making significant investments in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the required technologies, while companies like magniX, Eviation, Joby Aviation, Hyundai and many others are developing electric propulsion technologies and aircraft.

Committing to a much more sustainable aviation future will significantly reduce the environmental impacts, while supporting economic and technological growth, and providing improved access and opportunities to communities."

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