According to a recent study, general aviation in Texas contributes over $14.5 billion to the state's total economic output.
The same study shows that general aviation in Texas supports 56,000 jobs and $2.8 billion in labor income.
As well, according to the FAA, there are 391 public-use airports in Texas, which serve 49,616 pilots and 18,500 active general aviation aircraft.
FAA data shows that Texas is home to 389 repair stations, 44 FAA-approved pilot schools, 9896 flight students and 8435 flight instructors. In addition, according to the Helicopter Association International, there are 1,954 heliport in Texas.
There are fewer than 500 cities in the United States that have any level of scheduled airline service. But there are more than 5,000 communities in the U.S. with airports that provide access to general aviation, including business aviation. In addition to fostering commerce, these airports also serve as a lifeline to many communities in terms of medical care, disaster relief, law enforcement and many other critically needed community resources and services.
~~Information provided at the December meeting of the GWAA~~
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