Economic Impact of General Aviation in


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According to the Montana Airports 2016 Economic Impact Study, airports support over $2.7 billion in economic activity for the state.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the FAA, there are 127 public-use airports in the state, which serve 4,705 pilots and 4,712 registered aircraft.

Number of Jobs

According to the Montana Airports 2016 Economic Impact Study, airports in Montana support over 23,000 jobs and an annual payroll of over $838 million.

Economic Impact

According to the same study, airports in Montana generate over $2.7 billion for the state’s economy.

According to FAA data, Montana is home to 23 repair stations, 6 FAA-approved pilot schools, 1,549 student pilots and 813 flight instructors.

In addition, there are 59 fixed-base operators in the state, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 74 heliports in Montana.

According to the University Aviation Association and the Montana Department of Transportation, aviation colleges in Montana include Montana State University-Gallatin College in Bozeman, Rocky Mountain College in Billings, and the University of Montana College in Helena which offers degrees in Aeronautical Science, Aviation Management and Aviation Maintenance Technology.

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