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JUSTINE HARRISON

AOPA general counsel

" Is general
aviation
economically
viable? "
JENNIFER NON

AOPA communications senior manager

GENERAL AVIATION is a $247 billion industry that employs
273,500 workers and indirectly supports 1.2 million jobs
while keeping a fleet of more than 211,000 aircraft flying for business and individual operators, according to the
PricewaterhouseCoopers study Contribution of General
Aviation to the U.S. Economy in 2018, which found an upbeat
trend in key metrics since the last industry update from 2013.
You can measure GA's importance to the economy from
various vantage points-and the report covers the bases, noting that each of the 273,500 full- and part-time jobs directly
involved in general aviation " supported 3.3 jobs elsewhere
in the economy. "  
The industry generated $77 billion in labor income-
that's wages, salaries, benefits, and proprietors' income-and
kicked in $128 billion to U.S. gross domestic product. (GDP
is the value of the goods and services produced in the United
States. GDP was $20.49 trillion in 2018.)
Overall, total GDP impact attributable to general aviation
amounted to approximately $393 per person in the United
States in 2018. Beyond directly employing hundreds of thousands of Americans, GA has ripple effects throughout the
economy, from the supply chain down to visitors' spending
at their destination.

PILOTS SHOULD ALWAYS SEEK specific legal
advice tailored to their unique situation. Still,
a few general principles can help pilots be
informed in preparation for an FAA inspector or air traffic personnel contact.
There are many do's and don'ts for different situations faced by general aviation pilots
operating under Part 91 rules to help you avoid
issues that have caused trouble for other pilots
in the past.
Always contact the AOPA Legal Services
Plan at the first hint of an issue by calling
us at 800-872-2672, extension 4; be professional and courteous when interacting with
FAA personnel; remember your rights under
the Pilot's Bill of Rights and that you are seldom required to make any statements to an
FAA inspector. Anything you say can be used
against you.
If you find yourself in a situation with
the FAA, one of the most important pieces of
advice is to remember that you don't need to
figure it out alone. AOPA members with Pilot
Protection Services expect the unexpected,
know how to respond, and call the Legal
Services Plan at the first sign of an issue.
aopa.org/pps

" How do I
keep the FAA
off my back? "

aopa.org/media-room

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