I often get e-mails from members asking if we can help them find information about general aviation’s importance to their state and/or individual airport. I thought I would share that information with y’all (as they like to say here in the south) via this blog.
In 2011, the FAA published a report titled “The Economic Impact of Civil Aviation on the U.S. Economy – Economic Impact of Civil Aviation by State.” While this report covers all of civil aviation and it’s a bit out of date (since it mostly uses 2009 data, right after the 2008 recession), you may still find it helpful.
A February 11, 2015 report, with 2013 data, shows that general aviation adds up to 1.1 million jobs and has a significant contribution on the U.S. economy—$219 billion.
The AOPA Airport Support Network (ASN) program also has great resources available for your usage. And, if your state does not have a current economic impact report for your airport, this ASN resource can help you prepare your own.
For your convenience, I have prepared a one-pager for each state in the AOPA Central Southwest Region (NM, TX, LA, OK, AR, KS, MO, NE and IA) that you can share with your elected officials, boards, local organizations, etc and I will also provide you with other links in case you need more information, particularly as it relates to your based airport.
- New Mexico: One-pager. Note this one-pager has some 2009 data as well but the NM DOT-Aviation Office is currently preparing a new Airport System Plan that will include new economic impact numbers for each airport in the plan. In the meantime, their main website may have additional information for your use.
- Texas: One-pager. And, for individual airport information, you can check TxDOT-Aviation’s latest Economic Impact Study from 2011.
- Louisiana: One-pager. For more information, visit the Louisiana DOTD – Aviation Office’s website.
- Oklahoma: Rather than duplicating efforts and preparing a one-pager for OK, you can use the one the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC) prepared. The University of Oklahoma prepared an Economic Impact Report for the Aviation and Aerospace Industries back in 1999 as well.
- Arkansas: One-pager. The Arkansas Department of Aeronautics prepared information for each individual airport in their 2006 Arkansas State Airport System Plan.
- Kansas: One-pager. The Kansas Aviation Economic Impact Study, that includes information for each airport in the state’s system plan, was prepared with 2009 data and can be found on KDOT-Aviation’s website under that title. Note these .pdf documents may take a little bit to load as they are fairly large.
- Missouri: One-pager. The Missouri DOT-Aviation Office conducted a new Missouri Statewide Airports Economic Impact Study with 2012 numbers. You can find a brochure for each of the airports in the system plan.
- Nebraska: One-pager. Nebraska’s latest Economic Impact Study is from 2003 but it covers all the airports in the state’s airport system.
- Iowa: One-pager. The Iowa DOT-Aviation Office has one of the websites with the most amount of information in the region. Their “2009 Iowa Economic Impact of Aviation: Uses and Benefits of Aviation in Iowa” report has information on each airport in the state plan.
And, if you are having trouble with the above links, the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) has a library on their website with a compilation of state economic impact studies.
The Alliance for Aviation Across America, which is supported in part by AOPA, has a list of proclamations and resolutions passed by Governors and Mayors across the country. These show your state’s/city’s appreciation and recognition of general aviation as an asset with both quantitative and qualitative benefits.
Now go and spread the good word about our valuable industry! =)