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September 21, 2011
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National Aviation Organizations Applaud Governor Tom Corbett for DeclaringSeptember “General Aviation and Aerospace Appreciation Month”
Washington, DC – National aviation organizations today applauded Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett for declaring September 2011 “General Aviation and Aerospace Appreciation Month” during the Pennsylvania Aviation and Aerospace Conference held at State College. Governor Corbett was on hand at the opening of the conference to announce the signing of the proclamation. Annually, general aviation generates $6 billion in economic impact while supporting 4,500 jobs at GA airports.
“We appreciate Governor Corbett’s recognition of general aviation as a vital resource for communities across the state of Pennsylvania,” Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America, commented. “We thank the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania in particular for their hard work to help gain recognition about the valuable importance of general aviation.”
“Governor Corbett has demonstrated the tremendous value of all general aviation, including business aviation, in Pennsylvania. We appreciate his support of for an industry that provides $150 million billion for the economy annually and 1.2 million jobs across the country,” stated Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). “In addition, it’s an industry that general aviation allows small businesses to expand and realize new opportunities, without leaving their communities.”
James K. Coyne, President and CEO of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), stated “The proclamation of September as ‘General Aviation and Aerospace Appreciation Month’ is a significant step in recognizing general aviation as an integral part of the national transportation system. We thank Governor Corbett for this much-deserved recognition.”
“General aviation, especially helicopters, are critical to emergency response and essential services.” said Matthew Zuccaro, President of Helicopter Association International (HAI). “Governor Corbett’s proclamation of September as ‘General Aviation and Aerospace Appreciation Month’ is a reminder of the magnitude of an industry we often take for granted.”
To view this proclamation,click here.
Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 5,700 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.