FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2010
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Governor Jim Doyle Declares July 26-August 1, 2010 “Wisconsin Aviation Week”
Washington, DC – Today, national aviation organizations thanked Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle for declaring July 26-August 1, 2010 “Wisconsin Aviation Week.” The proclamation, which was signed last week, highlights the 132 public use airports around the state, as well as that aviation in Wisconsin contributes $3 billion in economic activity and is responsible for 41,000 jobs across the state. Moreover, the proclamation states that “85 percent of new or expanded manufacturing in Wisconsin occurred within 15 miles of a jet-capable airport.”
“We applaud Governor Doyle’s recent proclamation recognizing the importance of aviation across Wisconsin,” said Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. General aviation plays a significant role in driving local economies, and provides a lifeline to thousands of small businesses, charities, medical organization, farmers, and law enforcement personnel across not only Wisconsin, but the entire country.”
“It is only fitting that we recognize the impact of aviation during one of the largest aviation events in the world, EAA’s AirVenture, which takes place here in Wisconsin” said Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President and CEO Craig L. Fuller. “The Governor’s proclamation highlights what a critical impact general aviation has on Wisconsin’s economy, and that of rest of the nation.”
“On behalf of the business aviation community, we applaud Governor Doyle for his recognition of the aviation industry in Wisconsin,” said National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen. “Whether its manufacturing, flights schools or businesses that use general aviation to reach markets that the airlines do not serve, business aviation is an important and valuable tool.”
Henry Ogrodzinski, President of the National Association of State Aviation Officials said, “Our network of airports is critical to sustaining millions of jobs, and providing access to a host of important services and resources. David Greene, Director at the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics, has been critical in promoting a strong aviation industry within the state. We appreciate Governor Doyle’s recognition of these airports and aircraft, and look forward to continuing to work with him to promote this valuable industry.”
To view this proclamation,click here.
Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 5,500 individuals representing businesses, agricultural groups, FBO’s, 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.