Oklahoma’s long and colorful aviation history is part of the fabric of the state, and its economic contributions have sustained it through wars and recessions, Gov. Mary Fallin said a conference sponsored by the Oklahoma Airport Operators Association, the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission and the FAA. In a story in The Tulsa World, Fallin is quoted as saying that Oklahoma’s network of general aviation airports are vital to the state’s air transportation system. “General aviation is the connector. We think general aviation airports are analogous to the state and federal highway system; 97% of Oklahoma’s population lives within 30 minutes of our general aviation business airports. They are essential to moving business or commerce throughout our state.”
Janice Wood is editor of General Aviation News.