Table 5-8: Active Aviation Pilots and Flight Instructors: 2009

Table 5-8: Active Aviation Pilots and Flight Instructors: 2009

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State Total Students Airplane pilots2 Misc.3 Flight instructor4
Private Commercial Airline transport
Alabama 7,337 881 2,907 2,227 1,288 34 1,068
Alaska 8,165 679 3,269 2,004 2,176 37 1,236
Arizona 19,425 2,618 6,797 4,657 5,277 76 3,611
Arkansas 4,933 604 2,057 1,342 874 56 716
California 61,709 7,504 28,463 13,875 11,643 224 9,316
Colorado 17,261 1,529 6,150 3,984 5,538 60 3,373
Connecticut 5,494 604 2,384 1,058 1,432 16 871
Delaware 1,302 177 471 297 349 8 232
District of Columbia 510 84 244 111 70 1 52
Florida 48,163 6,543 15,462 11,000 14,884 274 8,638
Georgia 18,694 1,889 6,130 3,663 6,902 110 3,023
Hawaii 2,935 310 752 863 1,001 9 575
Idaho 4,777 517 2,213 1,161 840 46 747
Illinois 17,977 2,100 7,154 3,968 4,593 162 3,378
Indiana 10,150 1,191 4,501 2,205 2,097 156 1,751
Iowa 5,485 635 2,854 1,230 704 62 862
Kansas 7,272 746 3,426 1,726 1,328 46 1,406
Kentucky 6,234 595 1,960 1,202 2,434 43 1,161
Louisiana 5,418 709 2,020 1,545 1,105 39 805
Maine 2,555 252 1,168 575 524 36 370
Maryland 7,882 1,371 3,045 1,661 1,758 47 1,211
Massachusetts 8,022 1,030 3,755 1,670 1,532 35 1,254
Michigan 14,747 1,684 6,621 3,298 2,986 158 2,480
Minnesota 12,878 1,172 5,262 2,850 3,523 71 2,463
Mississippi 4,240 662 1,517 1,108 926 27 606
Missouri 9,415 1,041 3,978 2,127 2,188 81 1,599
Montana 3,885 482 1,750 1,033 601 19 627
Nebraska 3,440 419 1,598 828 568 27 492
Nevada 6,677 619 2,355 1,566 2,119 18 1,166
New Hampshire 3,806 347 1,357 740 1,336 26 700
New Jersey 9,431 1,234 3,901 1,984 2,282 30 1,625
New Mexico 4,826 624 2,099 1,335 725 43 603
New York 16,299 2,608 7,104 3,576 2,904 107 2,619
North Carolina 14,125 1,586 5,599 2,911 3,940 89 2,129
North Dakota 2,582 316 1,147 878 234 7 440
Ohio 16,287 1,674 6,982 3,444 4,019 168 3,013
Oklahoma 8,020 1,312 3,303 1,996 1,368 41 1,226
Oregon 9,224 1,211 4,321 2,334 1,303 55 1,488
Pennsylvania 16,264 2,104 6,584 3,312 4,135 129 2,703
Rhode Island 967 100 416 236 208 7 143
South Carolina 6,403 715 2,557 1,492 1,605 34 932
South Dakota 2,147 223 970 595 322 37 369
Tennessee 11,557 1,091 3,874 2,384 4,142 66 1,960
Texas 47,949 5,963 16,525 10,136 15,112 213 7,794
Utah 7,941 1,027 2,948 2,125 1,803 38 1,461
Vermont 1,320 130 622 284 269 15 186
Virginia 14,167 1,765 5,015 3,227 4,089 71 2,322
Washington 19,671 2,240 7,454 4,356 5,519 102 3,297
West Virginia 1,785 260 826 372 301 26 269
Wisconsin 9,839 1,108 4,676 1,848 2,049 158 1,599
Wyoming 1,861 260 869 421 297 14 267
United States, total 553,453 66,545 219,412 124,820 139,222 3,454 92,234

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, 2009 U.S. Civil Airmen Statistics, table 5 (Washington, DC: 2010), available at http://www.faa.gov/data_research/aviation_data_statistics/civil_airmen_statistics/ as of Jul. 6, 2011.