How Many Airports Are in America? (and Other Aviation Trivia)

Browsing through Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data while researching for upcoming articles, I found some interesting information about Americans in flight.

What is the total number of airports in the United States?

A. 787

B. 19,787

C. 9,787

D. 10,787

How many active pilots are in the U.S.?

A. 7,719

B. 55,719

C. 226,719

D. 650,719

How many drones are registered in the U.S.?

A. 26,726

B. 726,726

C. 1,726,726

D. 2,726,726

How many licensed commercial space operations were there in the U.S. in 2020?

A. 12

B. 22

C. 32

D. 42


  • Number of U.S. airports (19,787)
  • Active pilots (650,719)
  • Number of drones registered (1,726,726)
  • Number of licensed commercial space operations (Includes 32 launches and reentries in Calendar Year 2020)


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