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Governor Herbert Declares April ‘General Aviation Appreciation Month’
April 12, 2018
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  • Governor Herbert Declares April ‘General Aviation Appreciation Month’

    The Alliance for Aviation Across America today applauded Governor Gary Herbert for declaring April 2018 “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Utah, general aviation supports over $2.2 billion to the state’s economy each year.

    “General aviation serves an important role in maintaining our public safety, supporting our businesses and connecting communities with the resources they need, especially in the most rural parts of the state,” said Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “We thank Governor Herbert for issuing this proclamation and recognizing the importance of general aviation.”

    Mark Kimberling, President and CEO of that National Association of State Aviation Officials stated, “Local airports and general aviation are a critical part of the state’s infrastructure and provide a myriad of crucial services for communities.  Local airports support agriculture, businesses, and hospitals across the state. We thank Governor Herbert and Jared Esselman, Director of the Aeronautical Operations Division of the Utah Department of Transportation, for supporting general aviation and community airports throughout Utah.”

    According to the proclamation:

    “General aviation not only supports Utah’s economy, it improves overall quality of life by supporting emergency medical and healthcare services, law enforcement, firefighting and disaster relief, and by transporting business travelers to their destinations quickly and safely.”

    To view the proclamation, click here.

    Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 6,300 individuals representing businesses, agricultural groups, FBO’s, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups that support the interests of the general aviation community across various public policy issues.