Economic Impact of General Aviation in

Wisconsin


According to the 2010 Economic Significance of the Aviation Industry in Wisconsin study, general aviation airports contribute more than $694 million in sales to the state annually.

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture at Oshkosh

Every year, the EAA hosts a fly-in at its aviation center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. According to the 2010 Economic Significance of the Aviation Industry in Wisconsin study, visitor spending from the week-long event generates nearly $110 million each year.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics, there are 119 public-use general aviation airports in Wisconsin. According to the FAA, these airports serve 8,881 pilots and 5,316 active general aviation aircraft.

Number of Jobs

According to the 2010 Economic Significance of the Aviation Industry in Wisconsin study, the 90 general aviation airports in Wisconsin’s system of airports support 9,390 jobs and sustain a payroll of more than $259 million.

Economic Impact

The same study found that general aviation airports in the state of Wisconsin’s system of airports contribute more than $694 million in sales annually. In addition, general aviation air travelers spend $446 million in Wisconsin each year, according to the same study.

According to the FAA, Wisconsin is home to 51 repair stations, 7 FAA-approved pilot schools, 1,589 student pilots and 1,595 flight instructors.

In addition, there are 86 fixed-base operators in the state registered in the comprehensive AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 106 heliports in Wisconsin.

According to the University Aviation Association, flight departments in Wisconsin include Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh.

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