The U.S aviation maintenance industry significantly bolstered both its economic impact and total headcount in the last four years, reaching $47 billion in economic activity and 306,000 jobs in 2012, a new study commissioned by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) reports.
The figures, part of ARSA’s 2013 Global MRO Market Assessment, include businesses that provide maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, and suppliers—parts manufacturers and distributors—that support them. The combined economic impact increased 20.5% from the $39 million reported in the original study, covering 2008. Employment grew 11.6%, or about 32,000 jobs, in that timeframe.
The study reports a near economic split between MRO and support activities in 2012, with 51%, or $24.1 billion of economic impact generated from MRO.
The vast majority of those employed in the sector—64%—work for Part 145 repair stations, while another 15% are in other aspects of civil aviation MRO. The remaining 21% are in the parts and direct support businesses.
The study, done by ICF SH&E, found that California, Texas, and Georgia employ more than a third of U.S. maintenance workers. Half of the economic impact is generated in six states: the three big employers plus Arizona, Washington, and Connecticut.