Aviation enthusiasts from across the Midwest gathered at the Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium in Fargo, ND from March 7-9 to discuss the importance of general aviation (GA) to the state of North Dakota. On behalf of the Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA), Board Member and National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) President Henry Ogrodzinski attended to witness North Dakota Lieutenant Governor Jack Dalrymple sign a statewide proclamation highlighting this week as “North Dakota Aviation Week”. To educate event-goers on the work we do here at the Alliance, Ogrodzinski followed up with a presentation, emphasizing general aviation’s economic importance to the state. Among his key messages was GA’s $248.28 million annual economic contribution to North Dakota’s economy and over 2,500 sustained jobs.
Others in attendance were, Bill Hamilton, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association; Barry Cooper, FAA Regional Director Great Lakes; Robert Miller, North Dakota Aeronautics Chairman and Larry Taborsky, North Dakota Aeronautics Director.