Missouri Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon has declared April “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Missouri, general aviation accounts for $857 million in annual economic activity, and supports more than 7,000 jobs statewide.
“Governor Nixon’s proclamation recognizing the importance of general aviation in Missouri further illustrates the crucial impact that this industry has, not only to the state, but nationwide,” said Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “General aviation provides many benefits to businesses, both large and small, throughout the state.”
“General aviation supports vital medical, law enforcement and public safety services. In times of emergency, such as the tornado in Joplin back in 2011, general aviation played an important role in assisting the community immediately after the devastation by serving as a connection point for needed supplies and support to the city,” stated Mark Baker, President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). “Governor Nixon’s proclamation highlights the benefits of general aviation and small airports in Missouri.”
To view the proclamation, click here.