General Aviation at Small and Mid-Size Airports Is Saving Lives in Alabama
As a combat veteran in the Navy’s En Route Care program, an air transport nurse for Duke and Vanderbilt’s Life Flight networks, I can attest firsthand to the life-saving impact of smaller aircraft, or general aviation. That’s why I’m proud to be part of a program at the University of Alabama in Huntsville that starting […]
Waynesboro Municipal Airport Drives Local Economy
We all remember the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The damage that hurricane inflicted wiped out coastal airports and impeded access for those most in need to get supplies, food and water. As a result, our airport, the Waynesboro Municipal Airport and small aircraft served as primary access for relief efforts heading south to the coastal […]
As the executive director of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, I know the challenges faced by rural communities when it comes to access to health care and a host of other services. Distances between cities in these regions are long, and there is often insufficient access to specialty medical care in […]
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Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 6,300 individuals, businesses, agricultural groups, FBO’s, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups that are helping to raise awareness about the value of general aviation and local airports, particularly for rural communities. For these communities, general aviation and local airports support business activity, medical care, disaster relief, firefighting, agriculture, law enforcement, and a host of important resources and services.
The impact of general aviation on local economies and communities amounts to over 1.2 million jobs and billions in economic activity. This wide-scale economic impact survey was co-sponsored by Alliance members League of Rural Voters, Air Care Alliance, National Agricultural Aviation Association, Small Business Entrepreneur Council, and the National Association of State Aviation Officials.
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For Bob and Joan Zaleski, it was love at first flight. The Naples couple met in the late ’70s at a flight school in Chicago. Joan worked in the office and Bob was a flight instructor. He taught her how to fly a plane when she was 19. After tying the knot, they knew someday […]