Table 5-8: Active Aviation Pilots and Flight Instructors: 2003

Table 5-8: Active Aviation Pilots and Flight Instructors: 2003

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State Total Students Airplane pilots2 Misc.3 Flight instructor4
Private Commercial Airline transport
Alabama 7,386 1,059 3,196 1,952 1,175 4 1,053
Alaska 8,711 917 3,622 2,189 1,982 1 1,222
Arizona 18,398 2,183 6,938 4,251 5,024 2 3,113
Arkansas 5,137 826 2,146 1,307 857 1 668
California 69,347 9,830 32,292 14,808 12,411 6 9,172
Colorado 18,318 2,296 6,955 3,896 5,166 5 2,896
Connecticut 6,264 812 2,756 1,115 1,577 4 876
Delaware 1,557 261 576 303 416 1 229
District of Columbia 474 84 236 89 65 0 45
Florida 49,256 6,653 16,723 11,263 14,602 15 7,958
Georgia 19,543 2,612 6,681 3,469 6,777 4 2,515
Hawaii 3,253 506 813 827 1,107 0 516
Idaho 4,731 629 2,198 1,113 789 2 600
Illinois 20,732 2,893 8,890 4,217 4,720 12 3,294
Indiana 11,477 1,641 5,553 2,235 2,037 11 1,648
Iowa 6,179 935 3,251 1,311 680 2 813
Kansas 8,144 1,097 3,934 1,790 1,322 1 1,284
Kentucky 7,016 960 2,351 1,304 2,399 2 1,111
Louisiana 5,729 786 2,189 1,623 1,129 2 720
Maine 3,149 414 1,499 673 560 3 390
Maryland 8,698 1,486 3,556 1,777 1,877 2 1,271
Massachusetts 9,335 1,472 4,513 1,812 1,531 7 1,233
Michigan 17,458 2,702 8,416 3,446 2,874 20 2,456
Minnesota 15,257 1,949 6,727 3,174 3,397 10 2,219
Mississippi 4,185 570 1,680 1,122 811 2 536
Missouri 10,788 1,354 4,876 2,255 2,295 8 1,589
Montana 3,808 534 1,788 991 493 2 494
Nebraska 3,918 561 1,942 914 500 1 451
Nevada 6,797 774 2,422 1,381 2,220 0 992
New Hampshire 4,373 501 1,571 836 1,461 4 678
New Jersey 11,018 1,698 4,827 2,094 2,393 6 1,577
New Mexico 5,244 686 2,332 1,432 791 3 600
New York 18,253 3,322 8,315 3,762 2,824 30 2,600
North Carolina 14,604 1,897 6,081 2,854 3,766 6 1,882
North Dakota 2,441 400 1,087 762 192 0 364
Ohio 19,369 2,741 8,747 3,794 4,029 58 2,996
Oklahoma 8,364 1,213 3,746 2,014 1,390 1 1,214
Oregon 10,003 1,396 5,121 2,270 1,211 5 1,266
Pennsylvania 18,411 2,687 7,876 3,628 4,201 19 2,695
Rhode Island 1,240 214 555 242 229 0 159
South Carolina 6,475 882 2,784 1,413 1,396 0 794
South Dakota 2,320 309 1,090 618 301 2 299
Tennessee 12,343 1,548 4,493 2,343 3,957 2 1,749
Texas 48,777 6,405 17,383 9,758 15,223 8 6,883
Utah 7,413 1,248 2,989 1,608 1,567 1 1,034
Vermont 1,469 210 689 299 269 2 170
Virginia 15,102 2,112 5,357 3,206 4,415 12 2,213
Washington 20,763 2,647 8,264 4,294 5,555 3 2,918
West Virginia 1,895 274 899 414 307 1 271
Wisconsin 11,126 1,536 5,537 2,047 1,990 16 1,578
Wyoming 1,850 229 933 394 294 0 235
United States, total 597,898 82,951 249,395 126,689 138,554 309 85,539

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, 2003 U.S. Civil Airmen Statistics, table 5, Washington, DC: 2004, available at http://api.hq.faa.gov/pubs.asp as of Oct. 11, 2004.