For Aviation Jobs, Why Georgia Should Be On Your Mind

 Some good reasons why Georgia should be on your mind when you're looking for a new job in aviation.

Some good reasons why Georgia should be on your mind when you're looking for a new job in aviation.

For people in the aviation industry, there are a multitude of reasons why you should consider looking at Georgia when considering changing jobs.

Here are some numbers to consider:

The Number 1 - ATL, the IATA code for the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and ATL is #1. It's the busiest passenger airport in all not just all of North America, but the busiest airport in the entire world. With around 7 million passengers a month, it's now beating the long-time #1 world's busiest airport, Chicago's O'Hare, by around 12 million passengers a year, and is ahead of the current world #2 airport, Beijing, by nearly 400,000 passengers a month.

The Number 4 - Back in 1903, the Wright Brothers may have made history near Kitty Hawk in the neighboring state North Carolina, but Georgia's aviation pedigree is nothing less than noteworthy. Four years after Orville Wright's flight, Ben T. Epps, of Oconee County, Georgia, designed and flew a powered aircraft which became known as the 1907 Epps Flyer. Epps built a total of 8 different aircraft in his life and had some impressive firsts - like wheels on his aircraft, and a front-mounted propeller. The Athens, Georgia airport is named after Epps, who died while teaching a student how to fly in 1937.

More than 700 - The number of aviation-related companies with offices in Georgia

50 - the number of pilots that Delta Air Lines, Georgia's biggest employer, is currently hiring each month. With a forthcoming wave of retirements, Delta, headquartered in Atlanta, expects to increase that number.

65 - the mandatory retirement age for pilots in the USA

80,000 - the approximate number of people working for Delta Air Lines worldwide.

6,000 - the number of people working for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Georgia

168 - the number of aviation jobs in Georgia today on

Lucky 7 - Georgia's John W. Young was the 7th person to ever walk on the moon, part of the Apollo 16 crew who spent just over 20 hours on moonwalks over a 3-day period in April, 1972.

The number 1, again - Charles Lindbergh, who made the first solo trans-Atlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927 also had a Georgian connection. He made his very first solo flight at Americus, Georgia in a Curtiss JN-4 Jenny, in 1923. The Jenny was an aircraft used during WWI and Americus was one of 3 outlets in the USA where you could buy one. 

52 - the number of aviation industry jobs available today on Monster

For more information on aviation and Georgia, I recommend you read Georgia Flight: The History of Aviation in Georgia 1907-2007, edited by Phillip Rob Bellury and published by the Wm.  Robb Group LLC. The book was published to commemorate 100 years of flight in Georgia.