Washington, DC— Today, national aviation organizations applauded Florida Governor Rick Scott for declaring April, “Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Florida, general aviation supports 54,000 jobs and $6 billion in annual economic activity.
“We thank Governor Scott for his recognition of the importance of the general aviation industry,” said Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “General aviation plays a central role in Florida’s economy and in supporting jobs and area companies.”
“General aviation and local airports enable communities in Florida to connect with far off markets and crucial services,” stated Mark Baker, President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). “We applaud Governor Scott’s recognition of the significance of this industry and the benefits that it provides to the citizens of Florida and around the country.”
“Business aviation is a critical economic driver and job creator in Florida and across the country,” said Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). “We are grateful for Governor Scott’s proclamation recognizing the value of all general aviation, including business aviation.”
“General aviation is a lifeline to communities and an important part of the fabric and infrastructure of our country,” said Jack Pelton, Chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). “We thank Governor Scott for his proclamation, which recognizes the benefits of general aviation and encourages interest and enthusiasm for aviation.”
Kim Stevens, interim President and CEO of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) noted, “Florida’s vast network of airports not only represents a vital method of transportation, but helps connect the state’s businesses, farms and communities with necessary goods and services. We thank Governor Scott and State Aviation Manager, Aaron Smith, for their work in highlighting the benefits of this important form of transportation.”
“General aviation and community airports are a tremendous resource for local communities, serving as a lifeline for business and economic growth,” stated Thomas L. Hendricks, President and CEO of the National Air Transportation Association. “NATA and our member companies in Florida appreciate Governor Scott’s support of general aviation and its contributions to the success of businesses across the state and around the nation.”
“Helicopters and other general aviation aircraft play an important role in Florida’s first responder and law enforcement network,” said Matthew Zuccaro, President of the Helicopter Association International (HAI). “We welcome Governor Scott’s proclamation and thank him for his support.”
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.