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Old 23rd Jul 2019, 06:03
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Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Originally Posted by Squawk7700 View Post
Aussie aircraft fleet circa 15,000
US fleet circa 215,000

Aus population, circa 25 million
US population, circa 328 million

Aus has ~7% aircraft versus population.
US is 7.6%

Have I got those numbers right?
Probably so but that's not the whole picture of population distribution. One should also account for the percentage of urbanisation. Australia is one of the most urbanised countries, more so than the US in fact (from the "Australia State of the Environment 2016 Report", 90% of the population living in just 0.22% of the land area). In simple terms, a higher percentage of the population in Australia lives in urban areas where one could venture to say that GA is of little to no help. There is however some political will to offload major cities to the benefit of the likes of Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton, etc, esp. with recent waves of immigrants. I would expect that larger population centres scattered throughout the country would benefit GA in the medium term through increased business developments.
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