FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 12, 2015
Contact: Devin Osting (202)-223-9523
GAMA: National Economic Impact of General Aviation $219 Billion
Washington, DC – The Alliance for Aviation Across America today applauded the release of a new economic impact report, General Aviation’s Contribution to the US Economy, which showed that the general aviation industry supports 1.1 million American jobs, a total labor income of $69 billion, and a total economic impact of $219 billion. This includes direct, indirect, induced, and enabled impacts.
“This report just once again shows what Governors, local elected officials, businesses, and communities around our country have been saying, that general aviation is a key economic driver and lifeline to communities across our country,” said Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America.
The report was released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) in coordination with Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Helicopter Association International (HAI), National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), National Air Transportation Association (NATA), and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) at the GAMA’s State of the Industry conference.
“We hope that this report will continue to raise awareness among lawmakers, members of the media and the public alike about the vital importance of this industry. General aviation is a critical source of manufacturing jobs, an important tool for businesses to stay competitive, and a crucial part of our economy,” continued Shilad.
The Alliance has worked with national groups including GAMA, state and local officials, and other stakeholders to publish any publicly available economic impact data about the economic impact of general aviation. That information can be viewed on the Alliance website here.
Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 6,300 individuals representing businesses, agricultural groups, FBO’s, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups that support the interest of the general aviation community across various public policy issues.