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The Aviation Council of Pennsylvania (ACP) consists of airports, fixed-base operators, flight schools, business aircraft operators, aerospace manufacturers and suppliers, air charter operators, and other aviation organizations and suppliers all working together to improve and promote aviation and aerospace throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The purpose of the ACP is to represent the Pennsylvania aviation and aerospace community in matters involving government and private sector interests; to improve and promote aviation in partnership with local, state and federal government; and to increase and enhance public awareness of aviation and aerospace.

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Today, Monday, February 27, 2017, Senator Argall questioned Secretary Richards on the Governor's proposal to eliminate Act 52 in his budget proposal. 

Senator Argall

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We thank Senator Argall for his stalwart defense and advocacy of Act 52. Senator Argall is the Chairman of the Senate Aviation Caucus



The US civil aviation maintenance industry employs more than 273,813 people and generates $43.1B in economic activity. MRO accounts for 75.3% with 206,215 employees; companies that are certificated by the FAA under part 145 are the largest employers with 184,511 employees. The remaining 21,664 are employed by other companies involved in civil aviation. Parts manufacturing and distribution, accounts for the remaining 24.7% of employment with 67,598 employees. MRO generates over 46.5% of the economic activity or $20.0B. With 24.7% of the total employment, parts manufacturing and distribution, accounts for 53.5% or $23.0B. 

Where does PA stand? 

4,237 Total Aviation Maintenance Industry Employment

$400,835,000 - Maintenance Repair & Overhaul

  $38,838,000 - Parts Manufacturing Distribution

$439,674,000 - Total Economic Impact for 2016

In 2014 Pennsylvania was ranked 21st  - behind NJ (17th), VA (15th), OH (11th), NY (10th)

In 2016 Pennsylvania was ranked 19th -  behind NJ (17th), VA (18th), OH (10th), NY (11th)

Source: ARSA - Aeronautical Repair Station Association

Since Act 52 was passed, it is safe to say that we have taken business from the neighboring states of VA and NY as well as stagnated growth in NJ. 


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