Business aviation contributes $150 billion to U.S. economic output, and employs more than 1.2 million people.
The vast majority of general aviation aircraft used for business worldwide are manufactured, operated, serviced and maintained in the United States. Even the minority of those planes manufactured outside the U.S. are often “completed,” adding avionics, electronics, automation systems, engines, paint, interiors and other aircraft components manufactured here in the U.S.
Business aircraft manufacture is one of the remaining sources of good manufacturing jobs in this country – the kind of jobs we can keep in the U.S. in the 21st century. It is also one of the few industries still contributing to the nation’s positive balance of trade.
Business aviation allows companies to safely transport tools and materials that cannot be carried aboard airlines, enabling them to solve urgent problems efficiently and quickly.
The flights made by business airplanes require support. Schedulers, dispatchers, maintenance technicians, pilots, training professionals and airport employees are just a few of the many support professions involved in business aviation.
Mayor Carl Brewer, Wichita, KS
“As an example, when you look at the overall budget for the state of Kansas, aviation makes up one third of it, and most of that comes out of Wichita…For every aviation job created, it creates another three jobs. And there's $7.1 billion in economic impact from Kansas because of the aviation industry." (5/6/09) – Aviation WeekMayor Steve Van Oort, Ankeny, IA
“In Iowa alone, general aviation contributes approximately $176 million annually to our state, and aviation in our state supports at least 10,000 jobs. We must support this crucial infrastructure, both here in Iowa and nationally, because it affects not only manufacturers, but thousands of airports, industries, businesses and services that depend on this crucial form of transportation.” (5/7/09) – www.aero-news.net
Jack Pelton, CEO Cessna Aircraft Company
“Importantly, general aviation's contribution to the American economy includes 1.2 million jobs in all 50 states…These people produce, design, support, maintain, and/or service business aircraft either directly or through support operations at some 5,000 general aviation airports." (2/11/09) - Aviation Week
Study: General Aviations Contribution To The U.S. Economy
The result of a collaborative effort between the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), this 2006 study contains statistics regarding the direct and indirect economic impact of general aviation on the United States.