As part of our BSI community of aviation professionals, you understand the many benefits provided by general aviation, and just how vital GA is to the world’s economy.
However, you may not be intimately familiar with many of the statistics and unique contributions our profession provides across the US and the world.
The numbers are quite staggering. Moreover, the needs met through GA continue to make me very proud to be a part of this industry.
In 2014, GAMA, in conjunction with seven other GA associations, hired auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) to conduct a General Aviation Economic Impact Study of the US. They drilled down to discover and share stories about how GA supports the unique needs of individual states and communities in our nation.
Here are a few of the statistics from the PWC study.
As of 2013 data, general aviation supports 1.1 million jobs and $219 Billion in economic output across the US. This number includes direct and indirect aviation employment.
The total economic output from GA in 2013 was $219 Billion.
The total GA contribution to the US GDP was $109 Billion.
The top 3 states in terms of GAs total GDP impact per capita were …
In terms of total jobs produces by GA, the top 3 states were …
From business transportation, freight hauling, agriculture, tourism, disaster relief, rescue, exploration, medivac, charitable initiatives and much more, the impact of GA is far-reaching and full of benefits.
States like Kansas and Alaska depend heavily on GA operations.
Kansas, also known as the “Air Capital of the World,” has always been at the forefront of aviation as the world’s most important center for aircraft manufacturing, specifically, light general aviation aircraft and business jets. The state has been home to industry giants: Boeing, Cessna, Raytheon and Bombardier Aerospace’s Learjet division. In March 2014, Beechcraft, Cessna, and Hawker merged under parent company Textron Aviation. Today, Textron has approximately 11,700 employees worldwide.
In Alaska, aviation is not a luxury but a way of life so much so that most children in Alaska see or ride in an airplane before a car. The state is home to 403 public-use general aviation airports, more than 5,700 active GA aircraft, and over 8,000 active pilots that make their current, everyday life possible.
Many non-US owned aviation companies, such as Dassault Falcon, Brazil’s Embraer, and Canadian-based Bombardier, have bet on the US as a source of high-quality talent and an ideal environment to build their businesses. Most recently, Airbus completed its very first “100 percent” US built Airbus aircraft, the A321, manufactured in Mobile AL.
General aviation touches many lives and is vital to the physical and economic needs across the US and around the world. As leaders in the general aviation industry, US companies can help other countries experience similar benefits and economic growth when we expand business across borders.
If your GA company has yet to share its products and services with the world, please give us a call at 972-294-5811, to explore how your GA company can combine cultures to create growth opportunities.
“This industry study provides solid evidence of the continuing importance of general aviation to our nation’s economy,” said Mark Baker, President, and CEO of AOPA. “When we create an environment that supports general aviation activity, we create jobs, grow the economy, and enhance the freedom to fly within our national transportation system.”
To read GAMA’s full report click here.
Tim Archer is a 40-year veteran of the general aviation industry and founder of Blue Sky Innovations Group. He has worked in more than 50 countries doing GA international business development, sales and marketing, manufacturing management and acquisition due diligence. To learn how you can expand your general aviation business across border contact Tim today.