By: Janice Wood
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has declared October “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Alabama, the general aviation industry is extremely important to the economy and local communities, contributing $800 million each year in economic activity.
“We commend Governor Bentley for his recognition of the significant impact that general aviation has on the state of Alabama,” said Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “General aviation and local airports provide invaluable support to law enforcement, medical providers, fire fighting, local businesses and residents throughout Alabama.”
“Alabama relies greatly on general aviation aircraft and airports, which help to contribute to economic growth within the state, and support commerce and tourism,” said Craig Fuller, President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). “These facilities and dedicated pilots are also essential to the delivery of disaster relief and medical care across the state. We extend our gratitude to Governor Bentley for helping to create greater awareness about general aviation in Alabama and beyond.”
Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) stated, “General aviation nationwide supports 1.2 million jobs and generates $150 billion every year, including $800 million in economic activity here in Alabama. General aviation specifically helps businesses to stay connected and compete in the global marketplace. We thank Governor Bentley for signing this proclamation recognizing the importance of business aviation to local communities across Alabama and the nation.”