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New York and Nebraska Governors Issue Proclamations Recognizing the Importance of Aviation

May 20, 2015

This May, the Alliance is thrilled to announce that Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York and Governor Pete Ricketts of Nebraska have issued proclamations that recognize the important role of aviation and general aviation in their states.

General aviation is a business resource and an economic driver for numerous communities across the country. In New York, general aviation accounts for over $7 billion in total economic output and 37,800 jobs, and in Nebraska, general aviation has an economic output of $1.2 billion annually and supports 7,900 jobs. General aviation also provides valuable healthcare delivery services and supports law enforcement and disaster relief.

We thank the Governors and their staff for their work on these proclamations.

To view the Nebraska proclamation click here

To view the New York proclamation click here

Pilots, Planes and Positives: General Aviation’s Effects Across the Economy

May 4, 2015

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Upcoming NCSL Transportation Webinar Series

April 28, 2015


Pilots, Planes and Positives: General Aviation’s Effects Across the Economy

Friday, May 1 | 1 pm ET/ Noon CT/ 11 am MT/ 10 am PT


While commercial aviation undoubtedly has an impact on the nation’s economy, the often overlooked general aviation sector provides cross-platform benefits to a number of different entities including the agriculture industry and farming; rural communities; firefighting and land management; disaster relief; medical care and more.

This webinar will explore the cross-sector benefits of general aviation and how local communities and states can better work with general aviation groups to the advantage of all. It will also address how the coming FAA reauthorization will affect general aviation.


This webinar is part of the Spring Webinar Series hosted by NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee. All webinars are free and open to all attendees Click here to view all the webinars in the series. Questions? Contact NCSL.

Upcoming Event: 20th Annual New Jersey State Aviation Conference on May 1-2, 2015

April 10, 2015

Pilots and aviation enthusiasts mark your calendars!

The 20th annual New Jersey State Aviation Conference will be held this year on May 1st and 2nd. The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Coalition and the New Jersey Department of Transportation have organized the event.

On Friday, May 1st at Princeton University there will be a symposium to discuss a variety of topics, including: aviation education, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), alternative fuels and new aviation technologies.

On Saturday, May 2nd there will be an Airport Day at the Morristown Municipal Airport. The event will contain guest speakers and airport experiences for attendees.

Attendees can register for one or both days of the New Jersey State Aviation Conference. For more information please see this event flyer and be sure to visit their website.

Organization Spotlight: Iowa Aviation Promotion Group

April 9, 2015

This month’s spotlight is on the Iowa Aviation Promotion Group (IAPG), which is based at Ankeny Regional Airport. The group works to educate people about general aviation and to help raise awareness about flying. IAPG is working hard to organize public events to help showcase the importance of aviation, including the Fly Iowa event at the Mason City Airport on July 25-26, 2015 and educational programs for Iowa’s youth to learn more about aviation.

To find out more about the work that the Iowa Aviation Promotion Group is doing, please visit: http://flyiowa.org/

The Alliance Applauds Formation of Local Aviation Caucus in California

January 22, 2015

The Alliance today commended Legislators in California for solidifying the formation of the Aviation Caucus this past week. The Caucus is aimed at raising awareness on the importance of aviation and general aviation to local communities throughout California and the country as a whole.

In California, general aviation alone supports $18.2 billion in annual economic activity. California’s aviation industry supports jobs, business operations and also assists emergency and medical personnel across the state.

The Caucus is co-chaired by State Senator Jean Fuller and Assemblyman Jim Patterson, both of whom are licensed pilots, and includes Senators Joel Anderson, Anthony Canella, Ted Gaines, Bob Huff, Mike McGuire and Richard Roth, as well as Assembly members Rocky Chavez, Jim Frazier, Shannon Grove, Brian Jones, Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr., Marc Levine, Melissa Melendez, Bill Quirk and Marie Waldron.

To find out more about the California Aviation Caucus, visit their website.

Holiday Charities and General Aviation

December 23, 2014

The holidays are a time for giving back and general aviation pilots are doing their part to help spread some joy to those less fortunate throughout our nation.

In New Hampshire, PlaneSense sent one of their aircraft to the Boston Regional Airport and transported around 700-800 pounds of food to the state food bank. The food will be distributed to children and families all throughout the state of New Hampshire. To read more click here.

In Utah, Angel Flight West teamed up with local boy scouts for their annual Santa Flights program. Working together they raised $4700 in donations and helped deliver close to 6000 pounds of toys and school supplies to Three Peaks Elementary School. To find out more click here and visit the Angel Flight West website.

Do you know of any people or local organizations utilizing general aviation to help out during the holidays? Be sure to leave a comment or send an email to taylor@aviationacrossamerica.com

Flights For Life

November 17, 2014

General aviation plays an essential role in the transportation of medical supplies across the country.

In Arizona, the President of Flights for Life, Dr. H.C. McClure uses his Cessna TR182 to pick-up and transport blood platelets all across the state. Last year, Flights For Life pilots transported 1884 boxes of blood throughout Arizona. Dr. McClure hopes that one day there will be a widespread network of volunteer pilots around the country that help deliver blood.

You can read more about the important work that Flights for Life is doing in this Flight Training article and on the organization’s website.

Angel Flight Story: Brad Pierce

November 17, 2014

What goes into an Angel Flight mission for someone in need of an organ transplant?

Last December, volunteer pilot Brad Pierce was tasked with transporting a family 202 miles within 4 hours for a kidney-liver transplant. You can read their incredible story in The Orlando Sentinel and Brad’s own account on his blog.

Angel Flight is an organization that provides transportation to people in need of cancer treatments, organ transplants and other serious medical procedures. Angel Flight provides this service at no cost to the families. You can learn more about Angel Flight chapters near you here.


July 29, 2014

Building confidence as a child is often one of the most difficult parts of growing up. For those coping with the impacts of a serious illness, this process can be even more difficult.

Flight1’s Courageous Fliers program is aimed at helping children who have been diagnosed with a serious illness or are dealing with the death of an immediate family member due to illness.

Flight1’s program gives kids between the ages of 5 and 18 the chance to experience the joy of flight with the assistance of certified flight instructors. Children utilize state-of-the-art flight simulators and learn the basics of flight safety, weather preparation and aircraft inspection. After completing training, the child can take control of a Cessna 172 Skyhawk under guidance from a Flight1 Certified Flight Instructor. Children can learn at their own pace, in a fun and community driven environment.

Through the life-changing experience of flying and the Flight1’s community support system, children are able to see firsthand how they can accomplish their goals and develop their confidence.

For more information visit their website: http://flight1.org/

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