As the number one export in the state, the impact of aviation on Kentucky’s economy cannot be underestimated. From parts manufacturing to supply and from air freight service to education and workforce development, aviation is expanding in Kentucky across numerous sectors. According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development:

  • Kentucky has 80 aerospace-related facilities that employ over 18,500 people
  • Kentucky has seen a 63 percent employee increase in the private aerospace products and parts manufacturing industry since 2002
  • Aerospace imports have increased 207% In the past five years
  • Aviation industries in the state led the state’s export growth with $12.5 billion in aerospace exports in 2018.

Additionally, specialized aviation training and education programs continue to rise, with a strong system of universities and colleges offering undergraduate and advanced degrees in this field.

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