About the DOT

Helicopter pesticide sprayer arm
DID YOU KNOW? More than 300 aerial
applicators are licensed in Iowa through
the Iowa Department of Agriculture.

Aviation System

  • There are approximately 1 million aircraft operations at publicly owned airports in Iowa each year. Nearly 90 percent of aircraft operations in Iowa are from general aviation (non-airline, non-military) activity.
  • Iowa generates 2.5 million commercial airline passenger boardings each year.
  • More than 175 million pounds of cargo are transported through Iowa's airports each year.
  • More than 3,300 aircraft in the state are registered with the Federal Aviation Administration; approximately 1,200 of those are registered to Iowa businesses. (2019)
  • Iowa has 5,400 active licensed aircraft pilots and another 2,200 remote pilots for unmanned aircraft systems. (2020)
  • Iowa has 107 publicly owned airports that serve general aviation activity. Eight of those airports offer commercial air service. An additional eight privately owned airports are also open for public use. For airport locations, see the Office of Aviation's website.
  • Sixty airports have fixed-base operators that provide aviation services to the flying public.
  • There are 100 private use heliports and landing zones in Iowa that are used for helicopter EMS operations. Helicopter air ambulance services fly more than 4,000 missions each year in Iowa.
  • More than 300 aerial applicators are licensed in Iowa through the Iowa Department of Agriculture. It is estimated that four million acres of crops are treated by aerial application each year.
  • Sixty airports have automated weather-reporting systems; 43 of those systems are part of the state-sponsored automated weather observation station (AWOS) system while the remaining systems are maintained by the Federal Aviation Administration. AWOS information provides important weather information that enhances aviation safety. Pilots can obtain this real-time weather via aviation flight planning programs and radio in their aircraft. It is also available to anyone on weatherview.iowadot.gov or via the telephone.