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National Aviation Organizations Commend Montana Governor for Declaring August ‘General Aviation Appreciation Month’
Washington, DC— Today, national aviation organizations commended Montana Governor Steve Bullock for proclaiming August 2014 “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Montana, general aviation accounts for more than $117 million in economic activity annually.
“We applaud Governor Bullock for recognizing the importance of general aviation in the state of Montana,” said Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “General aviation is an essential economic resource that supports thousands of jobs and communities across Montana.”
“General aviation and our local airports connect thousands of people, businesses and communities across Montana,” said Mark Baker, President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). “This connection is important to the daily lives of many Montanans. We thank Governor Bullock for his recognition of the benefits of general aviation for Montana and across the country.”
“In Montana, business aviation helps companies to transport supplies and employees, and reach far-off markets, and it ensures the delivery of medical care and disaster relief,” said Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). “These aircraft support local jobs and help to strengthen local communities and economies. We commend Governor Bullock and look forward to working with him to support business aviation.”
“General aviation is a vital resource to both large and small communities across Montana and the nation,” said Jack Pelton, Chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). “We applaud the Governor for his recognition of general aviation’s benefits and importance, and believe that this proclamation will also help to promote interest in aviation and encourage young people to learn more about the industry.”
Kim Stevens, interim President and CEO of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) said, “Montana’s network of airports helps the state’s companies, farms, and communities reach necessary goods and services. We commend Governor Bullock and Aeronautics Division Administrator Debbie Alke for their work in recognizing the benefits of general aviation in Montana.”
“General aviation and local airports are a significant resource to communities, providing opportunities for businesses and economic growth,” said Thomas L. Hendricks, President and CEO of the National Air Transportation Association. “NATA and our member companies in Montana commend Governor Bullock for recognizing general aviation’s benefits to the welfare of businesses and communities across the state.”
“Helicopters and other general aviation aircraft are vital tools for agriculture and livestock and wildlife management, and are also used to support communities and assist first responders,” said Matthew Zuccaro, President of the Helicopter Association International (HAI). “We thank the Governor for his support of this important asset.”
To view the Montana letter, 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.