- Minnesota has more than 135 public use airports and 15 public use seaplane bases.
- Minnesota has over 7,050 active, registered aircraft and over 13,000 licensed pilots.
- Minnesota ranks in the top 19 percent in the nation in the number of aviation education courses at the elementary, high school and college level.
- Economic Impact Calculator
In 2005, the Minnesota Department of Transportation MN/DOT Office of Aeronautics sponsored a research project on the economic impacts of airports. This project resulted in a web based economic calculator that can be used to identify the economic impact of individual airports. The calculator can be found on MN/DOT’s web site. The full research report is also available. In addition to this, the Airport Technical Assistance Program (AirTAP) developed Flying High, Showing the Value of Minnesota Airports to Their Communities, a Marketing Toolkit for Minnesota Airports to help airport personnel present information on the benefits of their airports to their communities. This information can be found on the AirTAP website.
The Value of Aviation in Minnesota – General Aviation is defined as all flights other than military and scheduled airlines.
* General Aviation contributes more than $150 billion to the U.S. economy annually and employs more than 1,265,000 people.
* General Aviation has a $12.2 billion impact on the State of Minnesota through its network of 135 public airports.
* General Aviation has created 164,900 jobs in Minnesota, and provides more than $6.5billion in labor income annually.
* In the U.S., General Aviation aircraft fly almost 24 million hours and carry 166 million passengers annually.
* There are nearly 4,000 paved General Aviation airports open to the public in the U.S. By contrast, scheduled airlines serve fewer than 500 airports.
* Over two-thirds of all the hours flown by General Aviation aircraft are for business purposes and General Aviation is the primary training ground for most commercial airline pilots.