According to the 2020 West Virginia Aviation Economic Impact Study produced by the West Virginia Aeronautic Commission, airports in West Virginia support over $1.6 billion in business revenue annually.
According to the West Virginia Aeronautics Commission, West Virginia is home to 17 public-use general aviation airports. According to the FAA, West Virginia airports support 2,044 pilots and 850 registered aircraft.
According to the 2020 West Virginia Aviation Economic Impact Study, West Virginia airports support over 10,700 jobs, resulting in over $550 million in labor income.
According to the same study, airports in West Virginia support over $1.6 billion in business revenue annually.
The FAA reports that West Virginia is home to 10 repair stations, 2 FAA-approved pilot schools, 859 student pilots and 291 flight instructors.
In addition, there are 24 fixed-base operators in the state according to the AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 60 official heliports in West Virginia.
According to the University Aviation Association and the National Center for Education Statistics, flight departments in West Virginia include American Public University in Charles Town, Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia University Institute of Technology and Marshall University in Huntington.
"General aviation and our network of airports are a huge economic driver and lifeline for communities around our nation, supporting over a million jobs, $247 billion in economic impact, including $1.3 billion in economic impact in West Virginia alone.
These investments and the support of leaders at the state and federal level will drive economic growth at a critical time. For example, at our local undergraduate program at Marshall University, educators are training the next generation of aviation professionals and pilots, which will reduce the shortage of aviation professionals and help to grow our future workforce."