Gov. Perry Praised for Declaring 'Aviation Appreciation Month’
November 14, 2014
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  • The Alliance for Aviation Across America is commending Texas Governor Rick Perry for declaring November “Aviation Appreciation Month.”

    The non-profit organization stated in a news release Thursday that general aviation in Texas accounts for $14.5 billion in economic activity annually.  Multiple aviation organizations praised Perry for the declaration.

    “We appreciate Governor Perry’s proclamation, which highlights the benefits of general aviation and community airports throughout Texas,” said Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “General aviation supports business and economic growth, as well as valuable healthcare and disaster relief services throughout the country.”

    “The network of local airports throughout Texas allows for the transportation of employees, equipment, goods and services to people across the state,” said Mark Baker, President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). “Texas hosted our first member fly-in of 2014, and we were warmly welcomed there. We thank the Governor for recognizing the many ways that general aviation supports communities in Texas.”

    “General aviation and local airports in Texas are essential in helping small businesses to connect with clients, suppliers and new markets,” stated Thomas L. Hendricks, President and CEO of the National Air Transportation Association. “NATA and our member companies in Texas thank Governor Perry for his continued support of general aviation and its contributions to the success of businesses across the state and around the nation.”

    To view the Texas proclamation, click here.