How Many GA Flight Hours Occur in the United States?

In 2018, total General Aviation flight hours were 25.5 million (25,500,000). Piston-engine flight hours were over 15 million hours or 59% of the total GA flight hours.

Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, “Contributions of General Aviation to the US Economy in 2018,” PWC, Published 2020, page 6.

PricewaterhouseCoopers was engaged by the general aviation industry trade associations to help quantify the contribution of GA to the United States economy. PWC defined General Aviation as the manufacture and operation of any type of aircraft issued an airworthiness certificate by the FAA, excluding military operations and scheduled commercial airlines.

Table 1. Hours by Aircraft Type

Single-Engine Piston       12,092,000 47%
Twin-Engine Piston         1,694,000 7%
Turboprop         2,736,000 11%
Jet-Powered         4,592,000 18%
Helicopters         2,922,000 11%
Experimental         1,339,000 5%
Other            131,000 1%
Total       25,506,000 100%

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