what are the three classifications of the aviation/aerospace industry?

Hi, Patrick:

Normally, the three classifications of aerospace MANUFACTURING ARE AS FOLLOWS:

A.  Civil:  This includes the manufacturing of general aviation, airline and other aircraft for civilian use;

B.  Military:  This includes the manufacturing of aircraft, missles and other aerospace equipmment for military use (use by the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, etc. ;and,

C.  Space:  This includes manufacturing for both NASA (government-related space programs) and for private companies who are venturing into space.

Another separate classification of segments of aviation includes the following FOUR classifications of aviation:

A. Aviation and Aerospace Manufacturing;

B.  Airlines

C.  General Avition (all flying except that done by the airlines or the military); and,

D.  Government aviation (the Federal Aviation Administration, the NTSB, the TSA, the state avaition organizations, local airports, etc).

Overall, the above four segments employ about 2.0 million people.


David A. NewMyer, Ph.D., Professor and Chair
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I can answer questions about aviation industry employment, airports and airport planning and aviation industry regulation (overall regulation of the industry--who regulates what and why).


I have worked in aviation since the late 1960s, primarily in airports, airport planning and in aviation education. I have done major research in aviation employment and in graduate education in aviation.

University Aviation Association since 1982 (President, 2009-2010)

Collegiate Aviation Review Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research Journal of Air Transportation ATEA Journal SIU Press

B. S. in History and Government, University of Redlands, California, 1969 M. A. in Political Science (Metropolitan Studies), Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, 1971 M. S. in Transportation, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1974 Ph.D. in Education (Education Aministration and Higher Education), Southern Illinois University Carbonale, 1987

Awards and Honors
United Airlines William Wheatley Award from the University Aviation Association, 1994 for excellence in Post Secondary Aviation Education Sorensen Award for Excellence in Research, University Aviation Association, 2008

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Prepared airport master plan and environmental assessment reports for several Illinois Airports; prepared two separate airport systems plans for the Chicago area

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