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FACT:
The United States aviation system is an economic driver, contributing roughly five percent to the nation’s gross domestic product.


$1.5 trillion
Contributed to the U.S. economy

11.8 million
Aviation-related jobs

928,900,000
Passengers served in 2016

895,500,000
Passengers served in 2015

141,339,000
Total operations handled by FAA and contract facilities in 2016

70,000
Flights handled daily

23,911
Commercial flights handled daily

7,000
Aircraft in the air at any given time

8,727,691
Commercial flights in 2015

35,000,000,000
Revenue ton miles of cargo moving through the NAS per year

5,000,000
Square miles of U.S. airspace

26,000,000
Square miles of oceanic airspace

17
Percent of the world's airspace

21
FAA En Route Centers (20 in continental U.S., one in Alaska)

3
FAA Center Radar Approach Control facilities (San Juan, Honolulu, Guam)

27
FAA TRACONs (Terminal Radar Approach Control)

131
FAA Air Traffic Control Towers

132
FAA Combined Tower/TRACONs

1
FAA System Command Center

253
Contract towers in Federal Contract Tower program, of which NATCA represents 94

14,058
Total number of air traffic controllers

10,532
Certified Professional Controllers (CPCs)

1,295
CPC-IT (transferred to a new facility, are in training again)

2,231
Developmentals (including academy graduates)

921
Total academy graduates

3,037
Controllers eligible to retire