A recently completed economic impact study in December by TxDOT’s Aviation Division surveyed all airports in the Texas Airport System Plan (TASP) through in-person interviews, mail surveys and web-based survey instruments. The response rate from airport management approached 70 percent, considered high in economic impact research projects.
When a brochure that details the specific impact of a particular airport is available, it is linked in the table on the project page available at http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/aviation/eco-airport brochures.html.
A non-responding airport, or an airport for which the researchers do not have directly reported operating data, does not feature an airport-specific brochure. However, estimates for non-responding airports are included in assessing statewide economic impacts.
To estimate operating characteristics, such as airport employment, for non-responding airports, the researchers first categorized these airports based on operations levels using FAA 5010 data. Also considered were broad location based characteristics such as population density. The results were then calculated using key operating expenditure estimates on a per-flight basis from a group of operationally similar airports that provided data for this analysis.
The economic impact of general aviation brochures were prepared by the Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas.