Table 5-8: Active Aviation Pilots and Flight Instructors: 2006

Table 5-8: Active Aviation Pilots and Flight Instructors: 2006

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State Total Students Airplane pilots2 Misc.3  Flight instructor4
Private Commercial Airline transport
Alabama 7,089 996 2,935 1,919 1,229 10 1,058
Alaska 8,300 801 3,390 2,046 2,051 12 1,235
Arizona 20,067 3,333 6,962 4,504 5,241 27 3,497
Arkansas 4,978 710 2,045 1,335 872 16 715
California 65,867 10,297 30,046 13,728 11,746 50 9,091
Colorado 17,730 2,202 6,311 3,847 5,346 24 3,155
Connecticut 5,734 702 2,478 1,041 1,508 5 884
Delaware 1,316 203 485 271 354 3 238
District of Columbia 439 75 213 85 66 0 41
Florida 48,512 7,364 15,943 10,649 14,493 63 8,135
Georgia 19,184 2,471 6,372 3,509 6,801 31 2,854
Hawaii 3,111 432 769 835 1,074 1 559
Idaho 4,720 677 2,109 1,117 800 17 671
Illinois 19,073 2,633 7,825 3,992 4,551 72 3,334
Indiana 10,731 1,508 4,880 2,177 2,103 63 1,727
Iowa 5,817 804 3,035 1,259 697 22 844
Kansas 7,510 915 3,556 1,687 1,329 23 1,344
Kentucky 6,654 814 2,069 1,233 2,531 7 1,195
Louisiana 5,306 730 1,978 1,508 1,080 10 733
Maine 2,855 378 1,320 621 527 9 385
Maryland 8,109 1,385 3,291 1,655 1,766 12 1,231
Massachusetts 8,523 1,372 4,039 1,658 1,445 9 1,235
Michigan 16,020 2,276 7,465 3,325 2,885 69 2,440
Minnesota 13,616 1,506 5,741 3,034 3,307 28 2,393
Mississippi 4,087 567 1,582 1,064 862 12 570
Missouri 10,054 1,264 4,302 2,255 2,195 38 1,648
Montana 3,885 517 1,751 1,035 574 8 576
Nebraska 3,636 524 1,749 832 519 12 469
Nevada 6,757 814 2,410 1,445 2,083 5 1,101
New Hampshire 4,081 410 1,494 762 1,405 10 700
New Jersey 10,043 1,532 4,270 1,959 2,268 14 1,558
New Mexico 5,069 712 2,232 1,358 751 16 626
New York 16,967 2,968 7,510 3,569 2,864 56 2,639
North Carolina 14,061 1,702 5,717 2,847 3,769 26 2,009
North Dakota 2,272 357 977 733 202 3 390
Ohio 17,706 2,265 7,697 3,609 4,069 66 3,019
Oklahoma 8,041 1,281 3,384 1,988 1,370 18 1,194
Oregon 9,408 1,345 4,556 2,207 1,284 16 1,368
Pennsylvania 17,136 2,361 7,166 3,403 4,150 56 2,689
Rhode Island 1,075 152 473 233 216 1 151
South Carolina 6,360 877 2,641 1,355 1,474 13 871
South Dakota 2,198 261 1,014 584 326 13 354
Tennessee 11,818 1,359 3,983 2,300 4,150 26 1,903
Texas 46,884 6,395 16,039 9,401 15,017 32 7,246
Utah 7,693 1,284 2,844 1,834 1,723 8 1,305
Vermont 1,387 180 628 305 271 3 182
Virginia 14,206 2,022 5,009 3,079 4,062 34 2,232
Washington 20,056 2,626 7,592 4,267 5,554 17 3,146
West Virginia 1,848 279 852 396 309 12 270
Wisconsin 10,494 1,455 5,014 1,917 2,033 75 1,628
Wyoming 1,800 249 855 391 302 3 248
United States, total 570,283 80,342 228,998 122,163 137,604 1,176 89,086

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, 2006 U.S. Civil Airmen Statistics, Table 5, Washington, DC: 2007, available at http://www.faa.gov/data_statistics/aviation_data_statistics/ civil_airmen_statistics/2006/ as of Nov. 30, 2007.