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Governor Baker declares the month of July as General Aviation Appreciation Month in Massachusetts
July 2, 2021
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  • Washington, DC – Last month, national general aviation organizations applauded the Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, for signing a proclamation designating the month of July as “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” According to the 2019, “Massachusetts Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study Update,” general aviation airports contribute more than $630 million to the Commonwealth’s economy. 

    “In Massachusetts general aviation and our network of airports, support the livelihood of businesses, towns, cities, and farms,” said Selena Shilad, executive director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “We thank Governor Baker for signing this proclamation recognizing the importance of general aviation.” 

    Mark Baker, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association said the following, “General Aviation plays a crucial role in supporting the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ airports, businesses and communities. We sincerely thank Governor Baker for honoring the impact general aviation has had locally.” 

    “General aviation, which includes business aviation, is an important resource that helps drive Massachusetts’ economy,” said Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association. “(find an example of COVID or business). We appreciate the Governor’s proclamation, which highlights the importance of general aviation, including business aviation.”

    Jim Viola president and CEO of Helicopter Association International said, “General aviation aircraft, including helicopters, play a vital role supporting businesses and coastal communities. Massachusetts might be small in size, but its geography is mightily diverse. With almost 150 heliports throughout the state, helicopters will continue to play a critical role.”

    “General aviation, and local airport tenants generate over $250 million in payroll in Massachusetts,” said Tim Obitts, president and CEO of the National Air Transportation Association. “General aviation airports also support thousands of highly skilled, good jobs across the state. We thank Governor Baker for issuing this proclamation, which highlights the value of these essential community links.”

    Greg Pecoraro, president and CEO of the National Association of State Aviation Officials said, “It is vital we continue to support the 39 public-use airports that are located throughout the Bay State. These airports support businesses, farms, law enforcement, and disaster relief efforts. We thank the Governor, and Aeronautics Division Administrator Dr. Jeffrey DeCarlo, for supporting this proclamation.”

    Jack Pelton, CEO of the Experimental Aircraft Association said, “Massachusetts is home to ten EAA chapters. As our nation faces a critical pilot shortage in the coming decades, it is more important than ever to support youth programs and train the next generation of pilots.  We thank Governor Baker for issuing this proclamation, which will help to raise enthusiasm among young aviators and build our future workforce.”

     According to the proclamation: 

    “General aviation and community airports play a critical role in the lives of our citizens, as well as in the operation of our businesses and farms.” 

    “The new study from the West Virginia Aeronautic Commission shows the economic benefits and 

    You can see the proclamation 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.