Table 5-8: Active Aviation Pilots and Flight Instructors: 2004

Table 5-8: Active Aviation Pilots and Flight Instructors: 2004

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State Total Students Airplane pilots2 Misc.3 Flight instructor4
Private Commercial Airline transport
Alabama 7,493 1,061 3,186 2,038 1,204 4 1,065
Alaska 8,616 858 3,573 2,173 2,011 1 1,212
Arizona 18,990 2,452 7,009 4,367 5,161 1 3,300
Arkansas 5,141 814 2,161 1,335 831 0 693
California 68,693 10,536 31,641 14,428 12,081 7 9,118
Colorado 18,154 2,250 6,868 3,886 5,146 4 3,008
Connecticut 6,096 754 2,714 1,089 1,537 2 884
Delaware 1,490 257 551 292 390 0 239
District of Columbia 440 76 218 76 70 0 47
Florida 49,685 7,105 16,694 11,162 14,706 18 8,157
Georgia 19,381 2,438 6,719 3,471 6,748 5 2,601
Hawaii 3,192 491 813 801 1,087 0 551
Idaho 4,765 660 2,199 1,130 775 1 610
Illinois 20,221 2,860 8,495 4,229 4,626 11 3,354
Indiana 11,301 1,600 5,355 2,261 2,076 9 1,717
Iowa 6,071 872 3,215 1,295 687 2 825
Kansas 7,846 983 3,834 1,747 1,281 1 1,298
Kentucky 7,061 964 2,291 1,350 2,451 5 1,173
Louisiana 5,560 765 2,105 1,573 1,115 2 728
Maine 3,042 393 1,454 644 547 4 383
Maryland 8,497 1,511 3,468 1,696 1,820 2 1,229
Massachusetts 9,075 1,473 4,373 1,765 1,459 5 1,219
Michigan 17,151 2,673 8,204 3,404 2,857 13 2,433
Minnesota 14,764 1,816 6,412 3,208 3,319 9 2,294
Mississippi 4,208 625 1,677 1,096 808 2 549
Missouri 10,597 1,413 4,650 2,242 2,286 6 1,610
Montana 3,855 557 1,800 995 502 1 518
Nebraska 3,806 505 1,888 909 504 0 456
Nevada 6,874 793 2,462 1,414 2,205 0 1,063
New Hampshire 4,330 496 1,591 797 1,442 4 687
New Jersey 10,818 1,707 4,710 2,087 2,306 8 1,586
New Mexico 5,263 719 2,341 1,423 777 3 606
New York 18,102 3,384 8,088 3,755 2,845 30 2,642
North Carolina 14,505 1,907 6,042 2,838 3,713 5 1,916
North Dakota 2,428 379 1,083 759 206 1 381
Ohio 18,770 2,521 8,447 3,769 3,982 51 3,012
Oklahoma 8,460 1,346 3,672 2,095 1,346 1 1,216
Oregon 9,817 1,390 4,959 2,265 1,198 5 1,297
Pennsylvania 18,154 2,692 7,718 3,565 4,159 20 2,682
Rhode Island 1,198 196 534 251 217 0 156
South Carolina 6,485 908 2,788 1,400 1,389 0 819
South Dakota 2,282 297 1,069 614 302 0 329
Tennessee 12,303 1,502 4,441 2,355 4,003 2 1,810
Texas 48,191 6,336 17,031 9,692 15,124 8 7,078
Utah 7,531 1,300 2,957 1,698 1,576 0 1,148
Vermont 1,450 191 685 304 268 2 176
Virginia 14,992 2,187 5,292 3,180 4,318 15 2,278
Washington 20,611 2,605 8,148 4,311 5,542 5 3,037
West Virginia 1,898 272 889 415 321 1 283
Wisconsin 10,975 1,513 5,423 2,010 2,014 15 1,637
Wyoming 1,886 255 931 403 297 0 242
United States, total 592,514 83,658 244,868 126,062 137,635 291 87,352

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, 2004 U.S. Civil Airmen Statistics, table 5, Washington, DC: 2005, available at http://www.faa.gov/data_statistics/aviation_data_statistics/ civil_airmen_statistics/2004/ as of Oct. 3, 2005.