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National Aviation Organizations Commend North Dakota Governor for Declaring March ‘Aviation Month’
Washington, DC — Today, national aviation organizations commended North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple for declaring March as “Aviation Month.” Aviation contributes over $1.6 billion annually to North Dakota’s economy.
“We are grateful for the Governor’s proclamation and support of this important industry. Governor Dalrymple’s proclamation helps to educate the public about the massive economic impact general aviation has in North Dakota and across the country,” said Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA).
“General aviation and community airports are essential in connecting businesses and communities with goods and services across the state,” stated Mark Baker, President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). “We commend Governor Dalrymple’s support of aviation in North Dakota and thank him for this proclamation.”
“Business aviation is not only an economic driver in North Dakota, but a powerful job creator and a necessary tool for connecting businesses with consumers,” said Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). “We thank Governor Dalrymple for his recognition of general aviation.
“General aviation and North Dakota’s vast system of airports connect communities with many vital services, medical care and law enforcement,” stated Kim Stevens, Interim President and CEO of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO). “Governor Dalrymple’s proclamation is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to working with him, and Aeronautics Commission Acting Director Kyle Wanner, in the future.”
“Governor Dalrymple is bringing well-deserved attention to an industry that has created lasting economic benefits in North Dakota,” said Jack Pelton, Chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). “We are excited to see a recognition of aviation and general aviation in North Dakota, and thank the Governor for his support.”
“Governor Dalrymple is bringing well-deserved attention to a unique industry that has created lasting economic benefits in North Dakota, but is also a passion and recreation for many the state’s residents,” said Jack Pelton, Chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). “We are excited to see a recognition of aviation and general aviation in North Dakota, and thank the Governor for his support.”
“General aviation in North Dakota supports businesses and communities throughout the state including air emergency services, medical services, wildlife control and law enforcement,” said Thomas L. Hendricks, President and CEO of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). “NATA and our member companies across North Dakota extend our gratitude to Governor Dalrymple for this important proclamation.”
“Helicopters and other general aviation aircraft support a host of important services and business activity in North Dakota and across the country,” stated Matthew Zuccaro, President of the Helicopter Association International (HAI). “We thank Governor Dalrymple for his continued dedication to general aviation in the state of North Dakota.”
To view the proclamation, click here.
Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of more than 6,300 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.