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6 Incredible Benefits Pilots Have In The USA

The USA is arguably the best place in the world to be a pilot. Here's why...

1) No Air Traffic Control Fees

There are no ATC user-fees for flights in the United States. That makes everything from ticket prices to flight training a whole lot cheaper. In many countries, you'll find yourself paying steep fees for the use of ATC facilities.


2) 5,000+ Public Airports (And 14,000+ Private Ones!)

We have over 5,000 active public airports in the USA. That's an incredible number of places you can fly and makes GA both convenient and flexible. It also keeps prices low for owners and operators with multiple FBO, hangar, and landing options.


3) Flight Schools Are Nearly Everywhere

Almost every major town and city has a flight school. If you want to learn to fly, chances are you don't have to go far from where you live.

Swayne Martin

4) You Don't Always Need To File A Flight Plan

We can fly VFR! While that may not seem like a huge revelation, in many countries you need a permit or flight plan for each flight. Many require you to operate under IFR.

Corey Komarec

5) 220,000+ Registered Civil Aircraft

We have a lot of civilian aircraft in the USA, and over 167,000 of them are fixed-wing general aviation aircraft. That's a huge number: about 2.5 aircraft for every 10 certified pilots in the USA.

Swayne Martin

6) 5.3 Million Square Miles Of Domestic Airspace

With over 5.3 million square miles of domestic airspace, the vast majority unrestricted, you can fly nearly anywhere in the country.

Jim Raeder

What's your favorite airport? Tell us in the comments below.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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