Posted by Charles Spence
For years some GA leaders focused more on their own particular issues than on the common good. But in recent years more and more have come to realize what a few forward-looking individuals had been preaching: In unity there is strength.
In 2007, the
NASAO members have been active in getting states to produce data about general aviation at the local levels. Most states now have significant data about what local airports and GA mean in jobs, economic contributions, and services to the areas. Results have even surprised some governors. Many have declared General Aviation Months or other special times to bring this to the attention of local citizens. Perhaps you have noticed the increases in these positive reports. Matt Hagar, of AAAA, commented that at least a governor’s declaration gets mention by the media in the capital cities. Most are carried in media throughout the states and frequently nationally. More than a dozen states have issued proclamations about GA. Also some cities and counties have recognized their local airports.
“One of the things we are trying to do,” says NASAO Executive Director Henry Ogrodzinski, “is to call them ‘Community Airports,’ which conveys a positive and understandable meaning.”
Another positive step is promotion by state aviation officials to help members of state legislative bodies form general aviation caucuses, like those formed in the federal House and Senate.
Conditions for general aviation aren’t yet CAVU, but present conditions seem to indicate conditions are brightening.
Source: GENERAL AVIATION NEWS