Many people gathered at the Kansas state capitol today to celebrate Aviation Day.
It’s a time to showcase the impact the aviation and aerospace industries have across the state. According to K-DOT, there are 138 public-use airports in the state, seven commercial and 131 general aviation. The department says the industry has a $20 billion dollar economic impact on the Sunflower State.
“Be it through business aviation to help support commerce, be it through air ambulance support for medical services, be it through flight training and manufacturing,” says Dennis O’Connor with the K-DOT Division of Aviation.
Last year, state officials say aviation activities in Kansas supported 91 thousand jobs.