Studies on Aviation and it's Impacts
All of us in aviation know
that airports are important not only because they provide access to
a national and international transportation system but also because
they're good for the economy. We know that general aviation provides
jobs directly and indirectly. We know that in some areas airports attract
business and industry. In fact sometimes they're the only reason business
and industry are there.
know that. But not everyone does and it's important that the information
is available from a credible source.
Fortunately, often with FAA
help, many state aviation agencies have underwritten scholarly studies
that quantify the economic activity at airports, showing the benefits
for the local economy to municipal officials and neighbors using accepted
For example, the State of
New Jersey conducted an economic study, the results of which were made
available in a document called "Economic Impact of New Jersey's
Airports." This study, published in 1996, showed unequivocal proof
using accepted methodologies that New Jersey's public-use general aviation
airports were a major boost to the economy. The results of the study
were further touted in a video entitled "Without General Aviation..."
and individual pamphlets were designed to promote the economic benefits
of each of the 36 airports included in the study.
states have also invested in studies that show the true benefit of aviation
to communities and regions. To learn whether your state has invested
in credibility by commissioning and publishing studies that prove aviation's
net worth to a city, region or state, go to the "Studies/research"
section of the state
Links to Case Studies:
and quantifying the benefits of aviation are a must when it comes
to building support for your local airport, if only to answer the
question, "what's in it for me?" Go to our Resources
Section to see examples of executive summaries of economic studies
that show the worth of aviation to the local community.