Table 5-8: Active Aviation Pilots and Flight Instructors: 2011(1)

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State Total Students Airplane pilots2 Misc.3 Flight instructor4
Private Commercial Airline transport
Alabama 7,725 1,425 2,698 2,237 1,315 50 1,368
Alaska 8,272 1,068 3,107 1,916 2,134 47 1,313
Arizona 19,551 4,128 5,870 4,229 5,224 100 3,644
Arkansas 4,991 1,012 1,847 1,222 850 60 730
California 62,606 11,889 25,827 13,214 11,384 292 9,431
Colorado 17,537 2,699 5,624 3,731 5,398 85 3,447
Connecticut 5,481 899 2,147 1,004 1,411 20 876
Delaware 1,424 314 458 277 368 7 239
District of Columbia 549 141 239 102 65 2 66
Florida 52,037 11,572 14,490 10,515 15,092 368 8,965
Georgia 19,045 3,023 5,634 3,432 6,837 119 3,144
Hawaii 3,103 569 698 788 1,036 12 604
Idaho 4,963 901 2,012 1,141 853 56 788
Illinois 18,022 3,179 6,492 3,662 4,488 201 3,441
Indiana 10,336 1,845 4,115 2,158 2,047 171 1,715
Iowa 5,523 1,006 2,596 1,174 669 78 819
Kansas 7,292 1,258 3,104 1,598 1,274 58 1,413
Kentucky 6,139 969 1,780 1,072 2,272 46 1,117
Louisiana 5,770 1,164 1,964 1,518 1,078 46 854
Maine 2,598 419 1,078 541 520 40 396
Maryland 8,005 1,836 2,826 1,550 1,729 64 1,268
Massachusetts 8,155 1,655 3,458 1,522 1,477 43 1,221
Michigan 14,798 2,514 6,013 3,137 2,954 180 2,477
Minnesota 12,818 1,885 4,705 2,641 3,502 85 2,469
Mississippi 4,355 1,070 1,364 979 914 28 665
Missouri 9,482 1,703 3,612 1,936 2,129 102 1,575
Montana 3,974 739 1,634 982 596 23 651
Nebraska 3,611 764 1,454 827 536 30 484
Nevada 6,954 1,059 2,120 1,564 2,188 23 1,273
New Hampshire 3,750 490 1,250 652 1,324 34 669
New Jersey 9,429 1,847 3,515 1,798 2,227 42 1,616
New Mexico 4,912 953 1,919 1,286 711 43 636
New York 17,067 4,227 6,493 3,352 2,873 122 2,623
North Carolina 14,497 2,559 5,217 2,758 3,861 102 2,240
North Dakota 3,245 654 1,177 1,147 259 8 462
Ohio 16,353 2,751 6,333 3,220 3,843 206 3,017
Oklahoma 8,312 2,170 3,026 1,716 1,357 43 1,279
Oregon 9,461 1,874 3,986 2,250 1,290 61 1,524
Pennsylvania 16,560 3,133 6,161 3,080 4,021 165 2,723
Rhode Island 1,049 197 408 218 220 6 153
South Carolina 6,655 1,190 2,422 1,353 1,644 46 963
South Dakota 2,247 391 902 579 331 44 383
Tennessee 11,931 1,877 3,609 2,280 4,086 79 2,040
Texas 50,246 9,757 15,609 9,677 14,926 277 8,164
Utah 8,325 1,824 2,635 1,960 1,860 46 1,504
Vermont 1,296 200 562 271 250 13 182
Virginia 14,807 2,861 4,819 3,096 3,922 109 2,436
Washington 20,028 3,533 6,888 4,087 5,381 139 3,386
West Virginia 1,878 418 766 373 290 31 259
Wisconsin 9,676 1,575 4,255 1,689 1,970 187 1,588
Wyoming 1,942 389 845 397 297 14 272
United States, total 568,782 107,575 201,763 117,908 137,283 4,253 94,572

1An active pilot is a person who holds a pilot certificate and a valid medical certificate issued within the last 25 months.

2Includes pilots with an airplane only certificate and those with an airplane and a helicopter and/or glider certificate.

3Includes 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.

4Not 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, U.S. Civil Airmen Statistics, available at www.faa.gov/data_research/aviation_data_statistics/civil_airmen_statistics accessed April 2013.