Governor Susana Martinez declared September 2012 as “New Mexico General Aviation Appreciation Month.” The proclamation highlights the critical role of general aviation and community airports in the lives and safety of the state’s citizens, as well as supporting the operation of businesses, ranches and farms.
Aviation in New Mexico supports 48,795 jobs and generates $1.3 billion in payroll annually and is responsible for contributing $3.1 billion to the economy. General aviation visitors to the state are responsible for over $61 million in annual expenditures and many communities depend heavily on general aviation and community airports for the continued flow of commerce, tourists, and visitors who come to enjoy the resources and recreational activities available in the Land of Enchantment.
“In New Mexico, there are 59 public-use airports, four public-use heli-ports serving citizens, including 5,053 pilots,” stated Yasmina Platt, Central Southwest Regional Manager for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). “These airfields support local commerce, help facilitate medical treatment, provide crucial regional fire-fighting response, disaster relief, search and rescue, and connect communities in New Mexico with the rest of the country.”
New Mexico is celebrating its centennial year with official aviation celebrations at local airports throughout the month of September 2012, including a weekend Air Tour. Tour pilots and crew will stop at seven airports across the state for commemorative celebrations and community presentations. For information on celebration activities, click here.
Read the complete proclamation here.