The West Virginia Aeronautics Commission (WVAC) is excited to launch the West Virginia Aviation Economic Impact Study (WV AEIS). The study will identify and evaluate the wide range of economic benefits the West Virginia aviation system contributes to the state. Aviation in West Virginia takes many forms, from the use of unmanned aircraft (UAS) to monitor mining sites, to medical helicopter transport reaching patients in rural areas. Aviation activity supports businesses by facilitating face-to-face business meetings and the shipment of goods into and out of West Virginia. Aviation also serves as an important mode of transportation for residents and visitors to the state. This study will analyze West Virginia’s unique aviation activity and communicate its importance to the state’s economy in both quantitative and qualitative ways.
The study will collectively analyze the annual impact of the entire aviation system through examination of each airport’s quantitative impacts. Additionally, qualitative data in the form of real-life stories will lend a human element to the study by showcasing the importance of aviation to residents, businesses, and visitors that go beyond the numbers. The WV AEIS in its entirety will assist in communicating the benefits of the aviation system to West Virginia and validate the continued public investment in West Virginia’s system of airports.
Upon the completion of the WV AEIS, a technical report will be delivered to WVAC that will aid the continued efforts in planning for and developing West Virginia’s aviation system. Also included will be 24 individual airport reports that detail each airports’ economic contributions and serve as marketing tools for local communities. Other deliverables, including an executive summary highlighting the key findings of the study and an outreach toolkit will also be provided to the WVAC to enhance communication of the study’s findings to various audiences.