Table 5-8: Active Aviation Pilots and Flight Instructors: 2008

Table 5-8: Active Aviation Pilots and Flight Instructors: 2008

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 State  Total  Students Airplane pilots2  Misc.3  Flight instructor4
Private Commercial Airline transport
Alabama 7,461 918 3,010 2,204 1,304 25 1,035
Alaska 8,377 732 3,346 2,055 2,206 38 1,225
Arizona 20,559 3,165 7,214 4,800 5,319 61 3,640
Arkansas 5,135 646 2,155 1,389 903 42 703
California 65,116 8,921 30,084 14,085 11,849 177 9,199
Colorado 17,892 1,736 6,448 4,065 5,588 55 3,292
Connecticut 5,679 672 2,445 1,055 1,494 13 882
Delaware 1,353 181 497 303 367 5 234
District of Columbia 504 88 246 99 69 2 45
Florida 49,991 7,467 16,307 11,102 14,904 211 8,359
Georgia 19,261 2,117 6,392 3,612 7,048 92 2,989
Hawaii 3,087 360 794 905 1,020 8 564
Idaho 4,921 618 2,287 1,153 823 40 710
Illinois 18,959 2,381 7,694 4,022 4,717 145 3,370
Indiana 10,653 1,321 4,788 2,253 2,164 127 1,728
Iowa 5,715 721 2,983 1,253 709 49 854
Kansas 7,602 909 3,586 1,689 1,380 38 1,355
Kentucky 6,500 649 2,059 1,256 2,502 34 1,173
Louisiana 5,457 740 2,029 1,557 1,098 33 787
Maine 2,707 302 1,258 602 514 31 370
Maryland 8,161 1,419 3,203 1,702 1,807 30 1,212
Massachusetts 8,423 1,147 3,970 1,725 1,550 31 1,223
Michigan 15,529 1,990 7,046 3,333 3,015 145 2,427
Minnesota 13,529 1,294 5,672 2,950 3,555 58 2,465
Mississippi 4,307 642 1,584 1,118 942 21 583
Missouri 9,919 1,131 4,244 2,216 2,253 75 1,624
Montana 4,001 540 1,819 1,034 589 19 602
Nebraska 3,598 454 1,735 818 564 27 472
Nevada 6,886 713 2,468 1,539 2,153 13 1,136
New Hampshire 3,965 399 1,433 756 1,357 20 696
New Jersey 9,858 1,334 4,150 2,000 2,349 25 1,595
New Mexico 4,964 685 2,168 1,328 745 38 601
New York 16,906 2,837 7,382 3,645 2,951 91 2,652
North Carolina 14,590 1,729 5,841 2,933 4,023 64 2,086
North Dakota 2,512 404 1,127 757 219 5 389
Ohio 17,250 1,992 7,438 3,515 4,156 149 2,976
Oklahoma 8,313 1,361 3,415 2,109 1,398 30 1,219
Oregon 9,740 1,412 4,617 2,330 1,335 46 1,449
Pennsylvania 16,976 2,232 7,041 3,365 4,224 114 2,710
Rhode Island 1,019 109 468 228 208 6 144
South Carolina 6,639 808 2,703 1,506 1,593 29 924
South Dakota 2,249 254 1,020 605 336 34 363
Tennessee 11,829 1,138 4,057 2,358 4,218 58 1,905
Texas 48,849 6,379 16,809 10,100 15,399 162 7,643
Utah 8,269 1,319 3,083 2,050 1,787 30 1,414
Vermont 1,350 138 632 293 275 12 184
Virginia 14,568 1,887 5,240 3,281 4,101 59 2,247
Washington 20,440 2,504 7,849 4,359 5,651 77 3,231
West Virginia 1,859 290 842 398 303 26 277
Wisconsin 10,328 1,294 4,872 1,907 2,121 134 1,589
Wyoming 1,866 270 887 402 295 12 251
United States, total 575,621 74,749 230,437 126,119 141,450 2,866 90,803

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, 2008 U.S. Civil Airmen Statistics, table 5 (Washington, DC: 2008), available at http://www.faa.gov/data_research/aviation_data_statistics/civil_airmen_statistics/ as of Apr. 13, 2010.