Five States with the Most Active Flyers

There are 584,362 active pilots in the United States, meaning that there are a whole lot of flyers soaring through the skies. With 24,101,568 square miles of oceanic airspace and 5,282,000 square miles of domestic airspace, it’s easy to see why pilots throughout the nation logged 24,142,000 general aviation flight hours over the past years.

Aside from having some pretty active flyers throughout the United States, aviation also has a fairly active market. Not to mention, buying and selling airplanes online shows no signs of slowing down in the near future.

Find out where exactly these planes are being flown with our list of the five states with the most active flyers.


Coming in the number one spot is Alaska, with 1.313 pilots per 100 people. When compared with the rest of the United States, Alaska not only has six times as many pilots, but also 16 times as many aircraft.

Part of the reason for this may have something to do with the fact that about 90% of Alaska is not serviced by roads. Considering the fact that there are less than 12,000 miles of paved roads, over 3,000 airstrips, and 600 airports available for public use in Alaska, it is safe to say that aviation is not only a state past time, but also it’s the preferred form of transportation.


Montana holds the second spot for the most active flyers with 0.407 pilots per 100 people. There are a total of 4,431 aircrafts registered and 144 airports in the state of Montana.

For pilots looking to go on an adventure, Montana has tons of options, such as crossing the Continental Divide. Flying IFR (I follow rivers, roads and rails), start in Dixon, Montana and U.S. 93 will leave you to join the Interstate 90 route in Missoula at about 3,200 feet. Once there, the interstate makes its way east toward the Continental Divide, cresting at 6,500 feet by Butte, Montana.


There are 0.393 pilots for every 100 people in Colorado. 7,020 aircraft are registered and 91 airports are in use throughout the state.

The number of active flyers in Colorado is only going to continue to grow. The Aviation Education Foundation of Colorado has launched aviation education programs for rookie pilots between ages 15 to 19. Those who successfully complete the ground school class are then eligible to sit for the Federal Aviation Administration private pilot knowledge exam.

North Dakota

In North Dakota, there are 0.383 pilots per 100 people. The amount of aircraft registered in North Dakota has steadily grown over the last several years, with 2,050 aircraft currently registered in the state.

A great way for the number of active flyers in North Dakota to continue to grow is through the Passport Program. The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission has sponsored a program that rewards pilots who visit North Dakota’s aviation museums, fly to the state’s publicly owned airports, and attend FAA safety seminars.


There are 0.363 pilots for every 100 people in Wyoming. The state has had a consistently large number of planes registered there, with the current number coming in at 1,859.

One reason why Wyoming has an exceptionally high number of active pilots is due to their Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) missions. The program provides additional aerial firefighting resources when private and commercial air tankers are unable to meet the needs of the forest service.

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