Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has declared May “Aviation Appreciation Month,” noting general aviation in Kansas alone generates over $7 billion in economic impact annually, which is largely attributable to the presence of major manufacturing companies such as Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft and Bombadier.
Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA) stated, “We applaud Governor Brownback recognizing the immense value of general aviation in Kansas and around the country. General aviation not only is a crucial part of our economy, but serves as a critical lifeline for communities in terms of law enforcement, medical care, and a host of important services and resources.”
“With more than 40% of the world’s general aviation aircraft being assembled in Wichita alone, Kansas is a critical hub for GA. We commend Governor Brownback for issuing this important proclamation, and look forward to working with him to raise awareness about the value of general aviation and our network of small airports to our economy and communities around the nation,” said Craig L. Fuller, President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).
“We thank Governor Brownback for highlighting the impact business aviation has in Kansas,” stated Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). “Across the United States and in Kansas in particular, business aviation has an enormous economic impact and helps generate thousands of jobs. This proclamation is an important step in recognizing the value and impact of this industry and other issues important to business aviation.”
Henry Ogrodzinski, President of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) said, “Throughout the United States, our extensive airport network supports millions of jobs, providing critical access to a host of essential resources and services. We look forward to continuing to work with Governor Brownback and Director of Aviation C. Edward Young, to support a vibrant general aviation industry in Kansas.”
To view this proclamation, click here.