National aviation organizations commended New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for declaring May “Aviation Appreciation Month.” In New York, the total economic output of general aviation is over $7 billion.
“We thank Gov. Cuomo for his proclamation, which outlines the critical contribution of general aviation aircraft and local airports throughout New York,” said Selena Shilad, executive director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “General aviation helps businesses to expand their operations and reach new customers while also supporting important services such as law enforcement and health care throughout the state.”
“In New York, general aviation helps local businesses and organizations reach more people and efficiently transport their staff and equipment across the state,” added Mark Baker, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). “We thank Gov. Cuomo for appreciating the important role of general aviation in New York.”
Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a nonprofit, non-partisan coalition of more than 6,300 individuals representing businesses, agricultural groups, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups that support the interest of the general aviation community across various public policy issues.