Table 5-8: Active Aviation Pilots and Flight Instructors: 2000

Table 5-8: Active Aviation Pilots and Flight Instructors: 2000

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State Total Students Airplane pilots2 Misc.3 Flight instructor4
Private Commercial Airline transport
Alabama 7,262 1,170 3,065 1,649 1,084 294 920
Alaska 8,638 833 3,686 2,130 1,906 83 1,118
Arizona 17,429 2,329 6,508 3,345 4,654 593 2,617
Arkansas 4,988 776 2,153 1,206 788 65 634
California 71,053 10,173 31,571 13,448 12,786 3,075 8,984
Colorado 17,539 2,320 6,256 3,144 5,138 681 2,549
Connecticut 6,523 944 2,714 989 1,648 228 837
Delaware 1,462 245 532 236 413 36 233
District of Columbia 476 86 191 99 69 31 45
Florida 47,191 6,672 16,324 10,059 13,267 869 6,890
Georgia 18,087 2,441 6,053 2,845 6,448 300 2,107
Hawaii 2,927 471 611 587 1,031 227 399
Idaho 4,480 581 2,148 950 711 90 535
Illinois 21,521 3,497 9,168 3,832 4,606 418 3,054
Indiana 11,715 1,874 5,728 2,091 1,867 155 1,488
Iowa 6,135 912 3,372 1,130 667 54 771
Kansas 8,412 1,169 4,136 1,729 1,268 110 1,184
Kentucky 6,720 988 2,397 1,155 2,104 76 919
Louisiana 5,894 911 2,224 1,474 1,035 250 701
Maine 3,105 444 1,494 608 522 37 384
Maryland 8,383 1,217 3,499 1,535 1,869 263 1,194
Massachusetts 9,692 1,583 4,535 1,711 1,480 383 1,242
Michigan 17,755 3,008 8,517 3,008 2,852 370 2,388
Minnesota 15,530 2,244 6,728 2,949 3,417 192 2,025
Mississippi 4,111 594 1,595 1,086 750 86 490
Missouri 11,070 1,549 5,008 2,045 2,312 156 1,548
Montana 3,613 481 1,718 878 469 67 431
Nebraska 4,141 654 2,054 884 524 25 432
Nevada 6,270 691 2,131 1,141 2,095 212 864
New Hampshire 4,242 499 1,544 676 1,417 106 613
New Jersey 11,403 1,826 4,909 1,833 2,417 418 1,517
New Mexico 4,406 787 1,788 916 772 143 549
New York 18,649 3,628 8,020 3,305 2,819 877 2,516
North Carolina 14,769 2,148 6,144 2,600 3,615 262 1,732
North Dakota 2,458 401 1,153 688 199 17 292
Ohio 19,301 3,065 8,602 3,338 3,857 439 2,839
Oklahoma 8,654 1,392 3,839 1,893 1,453 77 1,180
Oregon 9,942 1,625 4,972 1,910 1,175 260 1,123
Pennsylvania 18,022 2,683 7,604 3,075 4,124 536 2,575
Rhode Island 1,216 184 569 210 223 30 136
South Carolina 6,363 933 2,708 1,343 1,244 135 714
South Dakota 2,230 328 1,034 549 302 17 263
Tennessee 12,132 1,675 4,351 2,024 3,826 256 1,600
Texas 48,396 6,613 16,857 9,044 14,839 1,043 6,487
Utah 6,591 1,205 2,678 1,116 1,468 124 768
Vermont 1,487 220 681 261 264 61 162
Virginia 14,640 1,987 5,114 2,835 4,299 405 2,055
Washington 21,116 2,929 8,170 3,896 5,535 586 2,658
West Virginia 1,992 312 953 399 293 35 274
Wisconsin 11,275 1,768 5,682 1,884 1,830 111 1,455
Wyoming 1,812 254 901 354 273 30 195
United States, total 593,218 87,319 244,389 112,092 134,024 15,394 78,686

1 An active pilot is a person who holds a pilot certificate and a valid medical certificate issued within the last 25 months.

2 Includes pilots with an airplane only certificate and those with an airplane and a helicopter and/or glider certificate.

3 Includes helicopter, glider, and recreational pilots. Does not include pilots holding an airplane certificate. A recreational pilot may fly no more than one passenger in a light, single engine aircraft with no more than four seats during good weather and daylight hours and, unless authorized, no more than 50 miles from the home airport.

4 Not included in total. A flight instructor must hold a flight instructor certificate in addition to a pilot certificate.

NOTE: Excludes U.S. military personnel holding civilian certificates who are stationed in a foreign country and pilots in U.S. territories.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Civil Airmen Statistics 2000. Washington, DC: 2002, available at http://www.api.faa.gov/CivilAir/index.htm as of July 22, 2002.