South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has declared June “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” Across South Dakota, general aviation generates $303 million in economic activity annually.
“Governor Daugaard’s proclamation helps to highlight the importance of this vital industry and economic driver,” said Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “For communities across South Dakota and the country, general aviation is a critical tool for farms, businesses and first responders.”
“Across South Dakota, the state’s network of airports and aircraft is a vital resource, connecting communities and allowing essential services to reach farmers, local businesses and patients,” stated Craig L. Fuller, President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners And Pilots Association (AOPA). “We thank Governor Daugaard and look forward to working with him to raise awareness about general aviation and the value of our pilots and community airports to the country.”
“General aviation, including business aviation, represents 1.2 million jobs and $150 billion in economic activity here in the United States,” said Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). “Governor Daugaard’s proclamation highlights the importance of this industry and the many benefits of business aviation for companies, farms and communities throughout the state.”
Henry Ogrodzinski, President of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) stated, “For cities and towns in South Dakota, general aviation and community airports help to connect residents with goods and services, support business growth and provide access for first responders. We thank Governor Duagaard for his support and look forward to working with him and South Dakota Department of Transportation Program Manager Bruce Lindholm on issues concerning community airports and general aviation.”