International Civil Aviation Day - December 7
(Last Updated On: May 16, 2022)


International Civil Aviation Day on December 7th generate awareness about the importance of international civil aviation. The annual observance also recognizes the unique role civil aviation plays in creating a rapid transit network around the globe.

Civil aviation represents all non-military aviation. It includes flight activities conducted by the private and commercial sectors. Civil aviation helps to improve the social and economic developments of States. The United Nations recognizes that international flight is also an important component of global peace and prosperity.

The importance of international civil aviation cannot be understated. Consider the following statistics:

  • The International Civil Aviation network carries over 4 billion passengers a year
  • The global Air Transport sector supports 65.5 million jobs
  • It creates a global economic activity worth 2.7 trillion dollars
  • Each day, 120,000 flights carry 12 million passengers safely to their destination
  • 3.6 percent of the global economic activity is supported by this industry

HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalCivilAviationDay

Countries throughout the world hold a variety of events on this day. Some of these include air shows, educational seminars about aviation, and special airport tours.

Since aviation fascinates all ages, celebrating will be a breeze.

  • Thank a pilot, flight attendant, traffic controller, or anyone else you know who works in the aviation industry.
  • If you’re thinking about a career path, consider working one of the many jobs in the aviation industry. And just how many careers are there in aviation? Well, mechanics, engineers, pilots, computer technicians, flight attendants only skim the surface. Explore the world of aviation from the ground to the sky.
  • How would your life be affected without being able to fly? Share your thoughts in an essay or blog post.
  • Discuss with family or friends one of your favorite traveling experiences that involved flying in a plane.
  • Study the history of aviation in the United States and around the world.
  • Watch one of these documentaries about aviation: One Six Right, City in the Sky, Flying the Feathered Edge, Ice Pilots NWT, and Airbus vs. Boeing: The Jumbo Jet Race.
  • While you’re at it, host a party with an aviation theme. Include model-building competitions and aviation trivia. Give prizes to those who’ve traveled on the longest flight and logged the most hours in the air.
  • Aviation museums offer a wealth of information. Due to the remarkable size of even the smallest planes, they leave quite an impression on visitors touring museums. The stories behind them compel us to learn more, too. Take your family and friends for an adventure.

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In 1944, delegates from 54 nations gathered in Chicago. They signed the Convention on International Civil Aviation. Additionally, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) formed during this time. To mark its 50th anniversary, the ICAO established International Civil Aviation Day in 1994. Two years later, in 1996, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution officially recognizing December 7th as International Civil Aviation Day.


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