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National Aviation Day: August 19, 2022

Press Release Number CB22-SFS.111

From U.S. Code, Title 36. PATRIOTIC AND NATIONAL OBSERVANCES, CEREMONIES, AND ORGANIZATIONS, Section 118. National Aviation Day

From NASA’s Tips for Celebrating National Aviation Day:

“Ever since 1939, August 19 has been celebrated as National Aviation Day, the legacy of a presidential proclamation first made by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“Selected because it was Orville Wright’s birthday, the decision to revel in all things aeronautical came at an exciting time in aviation history.

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“Just 36 years after the Wright Brothers flew the first heavier-than-air flying machine in 1903, aviation was a growing – if not thriving – industry in the United States and around the world.

“New world speed and distance records were being set, airlines that still exist today were being formed and, as World War II began, both Allied and Axis Powers sought new ways to beef up aviation’s role in warfare.

“By 1939, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (N.A.C.A.) – NASA’s organizational predecessor – was 24 years old and already well established with the nation’s premiere aviation research laboratory in Virginia, and a brand new center just approved to be built in California.

“Fundamental problems with flight were being solved on the drawing boards and in the wind tunnels of the N.A.C.A., enabling aircraft to fly faster, higher, farther and with more and more cargo and passengers.

“Today, with the N.A.C.A.’s research heritage still alive and well at NASA, it can be said that every U.S. aircraft and air traffic control tower in operation today uses some kind of NASA-developed technology.”

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Source: Quarterly Financial Report (QFR), 2000-2022. 

Source: Quarterly Services Survey (QSS), 2010-2022.

From Foreign Trade > U.S. International Trade Data:

Note: After you create an account, select options for “State Export Data (Origin of Movement)” or “State Import Data (State of Destination)” by “HS” or “NAICS.” Select “State” and “Measures,” “Commodity,” (Search for “880220,” “880230,” “880240”) “Country” or “Time” for data. More information can be found in the Quick Start Guide.

Source: 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates. 

Note: The table above is scrolled to the section with aviation-related occupations. Not shown in this section above are Avionics technicians ($61,926) and Aircraft mechanics and service technicians ($67,669). Click on the image for the full table with more than 550 occupations.

Note: The table above is scrolled to the section with aviation-related occupations. Not shown in this section above are Avionics technicians (15,042) and Aircraft mechanics and service technicians (140,687). Click on the image for the full table with over 550 occupations.

  • NAICS 336411, Aircraft Manufacturing
  • NAICS 336412, Aircraft Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturing

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