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Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to Announce April "General Aviation Appreciation Month" Tomorrow
April 20, 2010
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    April 20, 2010

    Contact Information:
    Selena Shilad: (202) 550-2547
    Matt Hager: (218) 330-7447

    Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to Announce April “General Aviation Appreciation Month” Tomorrow

    Governor Will Be Joined by Industry Experts From Around the Country for Announcement and Photo on the Capitol Steps

    NASHVILLE, TN – Tomorrow, April 21, 2010, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen will gather with his state’s aerospace experts and members of the General Aviation community from around the country to highlight a statewide proclamation in support of the aviation industry. The event takes place as part of a nationwide effort to demonstrate the economic impact the general aviation industry has on state and local economies.

    What:“General Aviation Appreciation Month” Proclamation Announcement and Photo Opportunity with TN Governor Phil Bredesen, Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely, Tennessee Aeronautics Commissioners Chairman Ron Cooper, Fred Culbreath, Fred Dettwiller, Belinda Anderson, Larry Mullins, Aeronautics Director Bob Woods, AOPA representative Bob Minter, AAAA’s Matthew Hager, and Dick Doubrava on behalf of the National Business Aviation Association.

    When:Wednesday, April 21, 2010
    Time:9:30 AM
    Where:Tennessee State Capitol Steps,Charlotte Avenue,Nashville, TN 37243

    The state of Tennessee relies a great deal on general aviation (GA). From an economic perspective, GA alone contributes $2.57 billion to the state’s economy, or $431 per capita, annually. Tennessee has 82 commercial and general aviation airports, 11,829 pilots and 6,512 general aviation aircraft. The state is also home to 46 flight companies, 56 repair stations and four flights schools, maintaining a good percentage of the 51,800 aviation-related jobs in the state. These and other statistics from our economic impact survey can be found online at

    Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 4,400 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.