Economic Impact of General Aviation in


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According to the 2020 , Utah Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study, the total economic impact of general aviation airports in Utah is over $291 million annually.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the Utah Division of Aeronautics, the state is home to 46 public-use airports and over 70 backcountry airstrips. According to the FAA, these airports serve 11,708 pilots and 7,965 registered aircraft.

Number of Jobs

According to the 2020, Utah Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study, general aviation airports in Utah support more than 2,700 jobs and over $139 million in labor income.

Economic Impact

According to the same study, the total economic impact of general aviation airports in Utah is over $291 million per year.

FAA data shows that Utah is home to 31 repair stations, 20 FAA-approved pilot schools, 3,878 student pilots and 2,337 flight instructors.

In addition, according to the AC-U-KWIK directory, 43 fixed-base operators are located in the state. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 81 heliports in Utah.

According to the University Aviation Association, flight departments in Utah include Utah State University in Logan, Southern Utah University in Cedar City, and Utah Valley University in Provo.

Jared Esselman - Aeronautics Director, Utah Department of Transportation

“With 180,000 general aviation visitors per year, and more than 35 general aviation airports that support over $291 million in economic activity, as well as air ambulance operations, fire fighting and other services, general aviation is a lifeline for our communities across the state and country. Utah is committed to ensuring we keep a first-class airport system to support residents, businesses and visitors for years to come.”

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