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Table 5-8: Active Aviation Pilots and Flight Instructors: 2014(1)

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State Total Students Airplane pilots2 Misc.3 Flight instructor4
Private Commercial Airline
transport
Alabama 7,260 1,500 2,377 1,930 1,390 63 1,469
Alaska 8,032 1,144 2,877 1,772 2,187 52 1,374
Arizona 18,029 3,738 5,070 3,579 5,509 133 3,763
Arkansas 4,957 1,082 1,777 1,146 881 71 746
California 59,213 12,234 23,092 11,570 11,925 392 9,587
Colorado 17,382 2,861 5,138 3,184 6,089 110 3,615
Connecticut 5,023 866 1,889 821 1,422 25 847
Delaware 1,343 337 383 211 403 9 256
District of Columbia 572 152 222 92 98 8 82
Florida 52,967 12,501 13,437 9,786 16,770 473 9,592
Georgia 18,131 2,964 4,959 2,704 7,359 145 3,267
Hawaii 3,134 624 633 707 1,158 12 661
Idaho 4,850 919 1,869 1,043 948 71 840
Illinois 16,307 3,034 5,568 2,712 4,744 249 3,349
Indiana 9,558 1,805 3,612 1,720 2,229 192 1,662
Iowa 5,154 990 2,293 1,062 719 90 834
Kansas 6,866 1,333 2,748 1,411 1,301 73 1,414
Kentucky 5,629 1,003 1,598 875 2,096 57 1,060
Louisiana 5,650 1,215 1,857 1,320 1,196 62 898
Maine 2,415 420 921 487 541 46 387
Maryland 7,664 1,902 2,461 1,372 1,847 82 1,361
Massachusetts 7,784 1,728 3,088 1,345 1,564 59 1,227
Michigan 13,672 2,445 5,292 2,516 3,216 203 2,446
Minnesota 12,172 1,929 4,240 2,089 3,821 93 2,547
Mississippi 4,108 1,034 1,246 854 943 31 640
Missouri 8,986 1,751 3,232 1,692 2,180 131 1,642
Montana 3,681 671 1,449 916 613 32 661
Nebraska 3,550 824 1,389 713 595 29 496
Nevada 6,841 1,126 1,921 1,334 2,413 47 1,389
New Hampshire 3,632 514 1,117 603 1,357 41 704
New Jersey 8,787 1,819 3,059 1,507 2,363 39 1,615
New Mexico 4,527 908 1,728 1,127 701 63 638
New York 15,949 4,069 5,771 2,910 3,056 143 2,617
North Carolina 13,935 2,529 4,678 2,356 4,238 134 2,456
North Dakota 3,535 794 1,128 1,313 288 12 492
Ohio 15,137 2,815 5,487 2,568 4,002 265 2,975
Oklahoma 7,825 2,074 2,756 1,475 1,472 48 1,287
Oregon 8,573 1,587 3,485 1,989 1,436 76 1,581
Pennsylvania 15,187 2,889 5,336 2,610 4,154 198 2,726
Rhode Island 975 215 363 161 229 7 153
South Carolina 6,498 1,154 2,196 1,203 1,883 62 1,091
South Dakota 2,234 408 878 516 381 51 422
Tennessee 11,540 1,971 3,312 1,959 4,201 97 2,118
Texas 49,614 9,951 14,514 8,534 16,265 350 8,728
Utah 7,998 1,727 2,371 1,525 2,317 58 1,584
Vermont 1,221 203 523 246 238 11 171
Virginia 14,126 2,739 4,271 2,757 4,216 143 2,732
Washington 18,665 3,358 6,052 3,330 5,744 181 3,518
West Virginia 1,756 426 666 332 296 36 274
Wisconsin 9,073 1,604 3,768 1,430 2,043 228 1,579
Wyoming 1,852 374 790 366 304 18 288
United States, total 543,569 108,260 180,887 101,780 147,341 5,301 97,861

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 as of June 2015.

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017