GENERAL AVIATION OVERVIEW
General Aviation includes all civil aviation operations except the military and scheduled and non-scheduled air transport operations for hire. It includes all types of recreational, instructional, personal and business flight activity from gliders to public service helicopters to corporate jets.
Pilot population - certificate type
Out of 544,342 total pilots in the U.S., 177,477 pilots hold a Private certificate, while 150,109 hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate and 99,446
hold a Commercial certificate. There are 342,548 FAA certificated Aircraft Mechanics.
While most of these pilots fly piston engine aircraft, others fly aircraft ranging from turboprops to rotorcraft, gliders/balloons, experimental, light-sport aircraft, business jets and more.
|Total U.S. Pilots||544,342|
|Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)||150,109|
|Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)||99,872|
Source: GAMA/FAA - 2015Top 10 states - pilots
52% of the U.S. pilot population reside in these10 states. California has 58,901 pilots (11%). Florida has 54,524 pilots (10%), while Texas has 49,675 (9%).
|Total Top 10||282,393||52%|
Source: FAA 2015Total active general aviation aircraft by type
|Total U.S. GA Aircraft||204,408|
|Single Engine Piston||126,036|
|Single Engine Piston – Light Sport||6,435|
|Total Single Engine||132,471|
|Multi Engine Piston||13,146|
|Single Engine Turboprop||4,590|
|Multi engine Turboprop||5,188|
|Turbojet - Turbofan|
|Lighter Than Air||2,908|
|Special Light Sport||2,231|
Source: GAMA - FAA - 2015General aviation aircraft hours flown annually by type (in thousands)
|Piston Engine Airplanes||11,967|
|Light Sport Aircraft||142|
Source - FAA SurveyAirports in the United States
There are 5,168 public use airports and 5,418 heliports. Only 551 of these airports are served by scheduled and non-scheduled commercial carriers. There are 272 “Military Only” airports in the U.S.10 busiest general aviation airports in the U.S.
|1 Phoenix, AZ - Deer Valley||373,401|
|2 Centennial, CO||286,783|
|3 Long Beach, CA||279,047|
|4 Earnest A Love Field, AZ||268,283|
|5 Kendall-Tamiami, FL||264,301|
|6 Gillespie Field, CA||229,517|
|7 Chandler Municipal Airport, AZ||222,428|
|8 Montgomery Field Airport, CA||220,667|
|9 Van Nuys, CA||219,279|
|10 Daytona Beach, FL||213,345|