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FACT:
The United States aviation system is an economic driver, contributing five percent to the nation’s gross domestic product.


$1.5 trillion
Contributed to the U.S. economy

5.1 percent
Aviation's contribution to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product

10.6 million
Aviation-supported jobs in the U.S.

928,900,000
Passengers served in 2016

895,500,000
Passengers served in 2015

141,339,000
Total operations handled by FAA and contract facilities in 2016
(Note, total operations were 132,144,542 in 2010. In 2000, without counting contract tower ops, the total was 147,046,123. In 1990, also without counting contract tower ops, the total was 129,913,225.)

70,000
Flights handled daily

26,527
Average daily scheduled passenger flights

5,000
Aircraft in the sky at any given time

9,708,765
Scheduled passenger flights in 2016

39,900,000,000
Pounds of freight moving through the NAS (2016)

5,282,000
Square miles of U.S. domestic airspace

24,101,568
Square miles of U.S. oceanic airspace

24,142,000
General Aviation flight hours in 2015

17
Percent of the world's airspace

21
FAA En Route Centers (20 in continental U.S., one in Alaska)

3
FAA Center Radar Approach Control facilities (San Juan, Honolulu, Guam)

26
FAA TRACONs (Terminal Radar Approach Control)

131
FAA Air Traffic Control Towers

132
FAA Combined Tower/TRACONs

1
FAA System Command Center

253
Contract towers in Federal Contract Tower program, of which NATCA represents 96

14,058
Total number of air traffic controllers

10,595
Certified Professional Controllers (CPCs)

1,295
CPC-IT (transferred to a new facility, are in training again)

2,231
Developmentals (including academy graduates)

921
Total academy graduates

3,037
Controllers eligible to retire