Last study completed in 2002
Here are some hard facts you can use when the airport discussion comes up again. Most California residents have no idea how big a part aviation plays in the state’s economy.
California is home to:
255 public use airports
29 commercial use airports
147 medical heliports
25 military/NASA airports.
71,053 active pilots
8,984 active flight instructors
42,360 active aircraft mechanics
32,454 active general aviation aircraft
General aviation aircraft flew 3.2 million hours
In each category this is approximately 11% of the U.S. total
Over eighty-seven (87) million passengers boarded aircraft in California during 2002. Which is over 14% of all U.S.
Air Cargo exports by value were flown from California Airports.
7 of the top 50 U.S. airports are in California.
Aviation contributes nearly 9% of both the total state employment (1.7 million jobs) and total state output ($110.7 billion)
Aviation generates $250.2 million in annual tax revenue for California Note: $238 Million estimated in 2005 of which the state returns less then 5% to state aviation
Aviation saves lives via emergency response, medical and fire fighting
Nearly half of all domestic tourists visiting California arrive by air
Aviation delivered over $14.5 billion in tourist dollars to California in 2001
California air cargo was valued at $173 billion in 2000
Here are some of the study highlights from the Economic Study Performed by the California Division of Aeronautics:
SOURCE: California Division of Aeronautics. For more information please visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/planning/aeronaut/htmlfile/econstudy2003.php