The Alliance for Aviation Across America today thanked Governor Larry Hogan Jr. for declaring September 2016 “General Aviation and Community Airport Month”. In Maryland, general aviation airports support more than $704 million in business-generated revenues and 6,317 jobs across the state.
“General aviation is an important tool helping Maryland’s businesses, farms, and communities grow and develop,” said Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “General aviation at local airports supports key emergency services, such as medevacs, firefighting, search & rescue, and law enforcement. We thank Governor Hogan for the proclamation and look forward to working with him to support Maryland’s local airports and general aviation community.”
“Community airports support local jobs, businesses and critical services throughout Maryland,” said Greg Principato, President and CEO of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO). “We thank Governor Hogan and Ricky D. Smith Sr., Executive Director of the Maryland Aviation Administration, for working to highlight the important role of general aviation and community airports.”
According to the proclamation:
“General aviation plays a vital role in the state’s response to emergencies and natural disaster. Rescue operations such as air ambulance transports by fixed wing and rotor craft, in addition to police, warden, and mail service routinely utilize general aviation to support daily operations and communication.”