Economic Impact of General Aviation in

West Virginia


According to the West Virginia Aviation Economic Impact Study study produced by the West Virginia Aeronautic Commission, aviation in West Virginia supports more than $1.6 billion in total annual business revenue.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the WVDOT Aeronautics Commission, West Virginia is home to 17 general aviation public airports. According to the FAA, West Virginia airports support 1,720 pilots and 984 active general aviation aircraft.

Number of Jobs

According to the West Virginia Aviation Economic Impact Study study, aviation supports 10,729 jobs in West Virginia, resulting in more than $550 million in labor income.

Economic Impact

According to the same study, aviation in West Virginia supports more than $1.6 billion in total annual business revenue.

The FAA reports that West Virginia is home to 11 repair stations, 1 FAA-approved pilot school, 487 student pilots and 283 flight instructors.

In addition, there are 24 fixed-base operators in the state according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to WVDOT, there are 67 official heliports in West Virginia.

Mayor Steve Williams of Huntington, WV, National League of Cities (NLC) Board of Directors, U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Advisory Board, and Member of the Alliance for Aviation Across America Board of Directors

"General aviation and our network of airports are a huge economic driver and lifeline for communities around our nation, supporting over a million jobs, $247 billion in economic impact, including $1.3 billion in economic impact in West Virginia alone.

These investments and the support of leaders at the state and federal level will drive economic growth at a critical time. For example, at our local undergraduate program at Marshall University, educators are training the next generation of aviation professionals and pilots, which will reduce the shortage of aviation professionals and help to grow our future workforce."

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