Table 5-8: Active Aviation Pilots and Flight Instructors: 2007

Table 5-8: Active Aviation Pilots and Flight Instructors: 2007

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State Total Students Airplane pilots2 Misc.3 Flight instructor4
Private Commercial Airline transport
Alabama 7,119 940 2,868 2,031 1,265 15 1,052
Alaska 8,033 729 3,192 1,987 2,090 35 1,210
Arizona 20,194 3,495 6,858 4,501 5,294 46 3,516
Arkansas 4,964 687 2,045 1,293 905 34 722
California 64,129 9,780 29,063 13,366 11,790 130 9,156
Colorado 17,258 1,917 6,050 3,751 5,491 49 3,226
Connecticut 5,574 691 2,340 1,035 1,500 8 904
Delaware 1,284 167 474 281 358 4 242
District of Columbia 455 85 219 83 67 1 44
Florida 48,244 7,510 15,614 10,331 14,639 150 8,147
Georgia 18,938 2,363 6,146 3,446 6,906 77 2,935
Hawaii 2,976 400 720 806 1,043 7 535
Idaho 4,785 672 2,126 1,128 826 33 692
Illinois 18,567 2,466 7,484 3,843 4,656 118 3,339
Indiana 10,317 1,385 4,582 2,123 2,117 110 1,742
Iowa 5,602 722 2,923 1,206 708 43 846
Kansas 7,360 929 3,404 1,635 1,358 34 1,344
Kentucky 6,488 759 1,984 1,210 2,512 23 1,161
Louisiana 5,247 744 1,932 1,477 1,068 26 756
Maine 2,756 359 1,253 600 518 26 381
Maryland 7,840 1,300 3,108 1,627 1,787 18 1,228
Massachusetts 8,288 1,267 3,878 1,616 1,505 22 1,204
Michigan 15,466 2,171 6,998 3,246 2,920 131 2,433
Minnesota 13,099 1,408 5,350 2,873 3,421 47 2,417
Mississippi 4,108 650 1,496 1,046 896 20 582
Missouri 9,740 1,193 4,076 2,194 2,214 63 1,658
Montana 3,829 525 1,710 991 588 15 595
Nebraska 3,445 459 1,627 793 542 24 464
Nevada 6,654 793 2,324 1,433 2,095 9 1,124
New Hampshire 3,846 367 1,397 712 1,352 18 690
New Jersey 9,689 1,435 4,035 1,907 2,288 24 1,563
New Mexico 4,867 702 2,117 1,299 722 27 614
New York 16,576 2,894 7,185 3,509 2,921 67 2,675
North Carolina 13,993 1,794 5,519 2,765 3,871 44 2,055
North Dakota 2,249 333 1,007 701 203 5 368
Ohio 17,097 2,112 7,323 3,406 4,141 115 3,011
Oklahoma 7,913 1,418 3,238 1,879 1,355 23 1,190
Oregon 9,512 1,519 4,457 2,210 1,291 35 1,412
Pennsylvania 16,586 2,253 6,766 3,298 4,178 91 2,703
Rhode Island 1,011 153 434 221 201 2 146
South Carolina 6,333 848 2,579 1,348 1,532 26 890
South Dakota 2,142 259 948 582 333 20 367
Tennessee 11,627 1,279 3,814 2,271 4,210 53 1,881
Texas 47,153 6,618 15,699 9,451 15,267 118 7,496
Utah 7,831 1,401 2,808 1,851 1,745 26 1,376
Vermont 1,351 171 607 296 268 9 184
Virginia 13,940 1,898 4,931 3,006 4,057 48 2,220
Washington 19,798 2,619 7,441 4,096 5,595 47 3,213
West Virginia 1,840 312 812 393 300 23 274
Wisconsin 10,313 1,430 4,805 1,862 2,102 114 1,637
Wyoming 1,787 252 842 387 295 11 257
United States, total 560,213 78,633 220,608 119,402 139,306 2,264 89,877

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, 2007 U.S. Civil Airmen Statistics, Table 5, Washington, DC: 2007, available at http://www.faa.gov/data_statistics/aviation_data_statistics/civil_airmen_statistics/ as of Dec. 12, 2008.