WASHINGTON — National aviation organizations on Friday applauded Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s proclamation of September as Aviation Appreciation Month, according to a press release from the Alliance for Aviation Across America.
In Kansas, general aviation accounts for $7.1 billion in economic activity each year and the aviation industry supports more than 47,000 jobs statewide.
The governor’s proclamation will be presented at the Wichita Aero Club Luncheon on Sept. 25, which will be followed by the Kansas Aviation Expo on Sept. 26-27.
“As the ‘air capital of the world,’ we appreciate the work of Governor Brownback and leaders in Kansas in highlighting the critical importance of general aviation to the local and national economy,” said Selena Shilad, the alliance’s executive director.
“General aviation is a vital economic engine and supports more than 40,000 jobs in Kansas alone.”
“In addition to Wichita’s robust aircraft manufacturing economy, general aviation aircraft and local airports in Kansas are crucial in supporting local businesses and connecting communities,” said Craig L. Fuller, president and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
“We appreciate Governor Brownback’s leadership in highlighting this vital industry and form of transportation.”
“Wichita’s legacy as the innovative leader of general aviation technology has provided businesses of all sizes with an important tool to maintain busy travel schedules, increase productivity and meet with customers in person,” said Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association.
“We thank Governor Brownback for his recognition of general aviation and hope to work with him to further cultivate the industry.”
“Kansas’s network of 140 public-use airports is an important asset to the state’s economy, agricultural production and emergency response,” said Henry Ogrodzinski, president of the National Association of State Aviation Officials.