In a recent study conducted by the Missouri Department of Transportation, it was revealed that the state’s 99 public-use general aviation airports and nine commercial-service airports created an economic impact of $11.1 billion in 2012 alone. Additionally, the study concluded that about one out of every 35 jobs of the state’s workforce is supported by the airport system and its activities.
Airport Economic Impact Surveys are a vital tool in quantifying the benefits of aviation. Not only do they assist in putting a monetary assessment on aviation’s economic value, they provide an opportunity to recognize other ways general aviation assists state functions that may not be as obvious.
In Missouri, the 99 public use general aviation airports are hubs for small businesses to ship their products in a timely, reliable manner. One such example is H&H Color Lab, a high quality photo printer based out of Raytown. The company prides itself on setting the standard for customer service, and their corporate flight department and two airplanes at Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport enable H&H to go above and beyond for their customers through quick deliveries and face-to-face meetings.
Outside of the business sector, general aviation airports in Missouri provide necessary services that enhance state resident’s quality of life. General aviation assists in agriculture, medical patient transport, traffic monitoring, search and rescue, and numerous other benefits.
Executive Director Selena Shilad recently had the opportunity to tour the Wichita, Kansas facility of the National Aviation Consortium, located in the Wichita Area Technical College. The NAC partners with technical and community colleges, providing students a method of effective and affordable training in order to fast-track them for a career in the aerospace industry.
Many aviation careers require specific skills that only come with the proper training. After identifying a shortage in skilled workers, the NAC set out to ensure the future competitiveness of the US aviation industry by training new workers for open positions. The Consortium works closely with aerospace leaders to develop accelerated programs that allow students to earn national certifications and quickly fill the open positions in the aviation field.
Aside from the traditional student, the NAC works with veterans transitioning back into the work force. Through their partnership with the Manufacturing Institute, the NAC matches skills veterans gained while serving with jobs in the manufacturing industry.
Due to the impending shortage of skilled workers in the aviation industry, the NAC hopes to train 2,505 new workers by 2015. Click here to learn more and find out how you can get involved.
The NASAO Annual Convention and Tradeshow brings state aviation officials and members of the aviation community together to discuss issues facing the industry today and tomorrow. A day and a half of forums feature key executives from industry and government discussing the current state of affairs of the GA community, a candid look at regulatory and legislative issues, GA security, NextGen and other issues facing the states and airports. The exhibit hall features vendors ready to assist the states and airports in meeting their challenges with products and services. Spouses, friends, and alumni – former NASAO members who have served in state aviation positions – may enjoy a special guest agenda that showcases special attractions to be found at the event location. In addition to NASAO committee meetings and the annual member meeting and roundtable, NASAO members hold the Annual NASAO/FAA Summit with Federal Aviation Administration Regional Administrators.
The 2013 NASAO Annual Convention and Tradeshow is being held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota September 28-October 1st at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.
The New Mexico Air National Guard and the New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Association are hosting an ‘Aviation and Aerospace Career Fair’ On September 18, 2013 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Kirtland Air Force Base.
The event will highlight the importance of aviation in New Mexico and its impact on the local job market.
Most importantly, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders involved in diverse areas of aviation, including research institutions, airlines and military personnel.
Visit www.nmaaa.net to find out more and to sign up for the event.
WAC to Host Aviation Leaders Selena Shilad on September 25 and Scott Ernest on September 26
The Wichita Aero Club will offer a double dose of aviation information in September when it hosts the leaders of two groups that have significant impact on the industry. Executive Director Selena Shilad of the Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA) will speak at the Wichita Aero Club’s September 25 luncheon and be followed the next day by Scott Ernest, CEO of Cessna. He will give a presentation at the first annual Kansas Aviation Expo Takeoff Reception sponsored by the Wichita Aero Club and Cessna. Mr. Ernest was previously scheduled to speak at the WAC February luncheon but it was cancelled due to the snowstorm. The Takeoff Reception will be held Thursday, September 26, 5:00 P.M. at the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT). Those who purchase luncheon tickets for the Sept. 25 event can also attend the reception for an additional $10. Individual reception tickets are $20.
“Wichita will be treated to the equivalent of ‘Aviation Weekend’ in September with a Wichita Aero Club Luncheon, the newly-announced Kansas Aviation Expo and the annual Wichita Flight Festival happening back-to-back-to-back,” said Dave Franson, WAC President. “For five days, from the 25th to the 29th, there will be some very interesting and informative aero events taking place. The WAC is joining with Cessna to launch the Kansas Aviation Expo with a Takeoff Reception in the student commons of the National Center for Aviation Training. This event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks as well as a long-awaited presentation by Scott Ernest. The opportunity to hear Selena Shilad and Scott on consecutive days is special. It’s going to be a terrific aviation weekend,” Franson said.
Selena Shilad has been with the Alliance for Aviation Across America since it began in 2007. Prior to her work with the AAAA, Shilad coordinated strategic communications and media campaigns for several non-profit organizations and political campaigns. She has worked with former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm (D) and former Congressman Chet Edwards (D) of Texas. She worked with Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island (D) on specific matters such as health care, banking, housing, and trade issues. In addition, Shilad was the Deputy Communications Director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign. She possesses two Master’s Degrees, one from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and the other from the University of Chicago.
The Alliance for Aviation Across America was formed in 2007. It is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of more than 6000 individuals, businesses, agricultural groups, FBO’s, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations and leading business and aviation groups. The organization helps to raise awareness about the value of general aviation and local airports, particularly for rural communities.
Scott Ernest, CEO of Cessna, joined Textron in May of 2011. A 29-year veteran of General Electric Company, he served in a variety of key senior management roles, including vice president, general manager and global supply chain for GE Aviation immediately prior to joining Cessna as Chief Executive Officer. He also served as vice president, general manager and global services operations for GE Aviation’s services business. In addition, he held several general manager roles ranging from overseeing its sourcing organization to responsibility for its North American operations. He also led GE Aviation’s large aviation services businesses located in Singapore and Strother Field, near Winfield, Kansas.
At Cessna, Scott is responsible for overseeing Cessna’s new product and service development, strengthening its manufacturing and sourcing operations, and intensifying its global expansion efforts. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron and a Master of Science degree in engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
Since joining Cessna, he has presided over an expansion of the company’s service network in Europe and China, as well as the signing of agreements to assemble and sell Citation XLS+ business jets and Caravan turboprops in China. Cessna has also introduced several new models, including the Citation Latitude, new versions of the Citation X and Sovereign and the Mustang M2.
The Wichita Aero Club was established in 2008 to foster and promote interest in aviation, provide a forum focused on the industry’s issues and achievements and bring together those with a passion for flight in an environment that expands and enhances professional relationships and furthers cooperation and understanding.
ANGEL FLIGHT EAST and FLY ADVANCED PRESENT
23rd ANNUAL WINGS N’ WHEELS SHOW AND FAMILY FAIR
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2013 – 11:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M.
BLUE BELL, PA—Thousands are expected to gather at historic Wings Field (KLOM) for the 23rd annual Wings N’ Wheels show. This event features fun for the whole family! Come see displays of vintage and military aircraft, experimental and light sport planes, as well as classic, antique and muscle cars–all competing for a People’s Choice Award!
The event raises awareness of Angel Flight East (AFE), a volunteer pilot organization, which has been facilitating free air transportation for critically ill children and adults needing medical treatment far from home, and other humanitarian needs since 1992. All proceeds from the event benefit the organization. “Angel Flight East relies on the generosity of our donors and our community of volunteers and supporters, and Wings N’ Wheels is no exception,” said AFE Board President Adam Zucker.
Highlights of the day will include:
• Sightseeing plane rides–see Montgomery County from 2,000 feet up!
• The Franklin Institute’s traveling science show, Flight. Explore the exciting history of flight using mechanical birds, hot air balloons, gliders and a rocket launch.
• Inflatable games, rock wall, crafts and face-painting for the kids.
• The popular “Wing-Off”, a wing-tasting competition of hot wings from local restaurants, judged by elite Angel Flight East volunteer pilots!
• Musical entertainment by the Fredos.
For more information about Wings N’ Wheels please contact Angel Flight East at 215-358-1900, or visit www.angelflighteast.org
Today, Alliance members participated in a meeting with Senator John Thune (R-SD) at Sioux Falls Regional Airport. It was an excellent opportunity to share the economic impacts and other benefits of general aviation, as well as voice our concerns, especially in light of upcoming budget talks.
“It is always nice to listen to the perspective of those directly involved in the issues,” said Thune. “Hearing from them further reinforces that general aviation and community airports are a great resource to South Dakota and to the country, providing business opportunities and protecting public safety. With my work on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, I look forward to a continued partnership with aviation stakeholders and local leaders to best support this vital asset.”
We greatly appreciate the opportunity to participate and thank Senator Thune for taking the time to listen to our concerns.
Sitting out on the field at AirVenture 2013 in Oshkosh, WI, the audience was treated to an impressive salute to the U.S. Armed Forces as dozens of military aircraft flew through the sky in perfect formation. From World War II fighter planes to B-29 bombers, we watched in awe as simulated explosions were ignited in front of us to give a glimpse of what our brave soldiers had to combat on the ground and from the air. Of all the amazing shows we watched, this tribute to our men and women in uniform on Friday, August 2 was easily our favorite!
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Craig Thompson, the Executive Director of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin writes a poignant piece about the misconceptions of the ‘corporate jet.’ Proposed taxes such as user-fees seem to be justified by the current administration because the lavish lifestyle of the ‘fat cats’ and their businesses is an industry that can easily be taxed. Thompson details how wrong these perceptions are and how different the average company using general aviation looks. His examples paint a picture of small, local businesses around Wisconsin whose survival depends on general aviation aircraft and airports. The economic impact of this industry is real, contributing $3.5 billion to Wisconsin’s economy alone. Thompson says “it is time to an end to the use of corporate jets as a euphemism for excess and greed,” and he is right! Read his editorial and see how you too can help publicize the good that general aviation brings to local economies around the United States!
General aviation pilots like Michael Baum volunteer their time and planes for conservation organizations across the United States. This week, Baum will fly two black-footed ferrets to the North Eastern Wisconsin Zoo on his way to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. The survival of these endangered black-footed ferrets is critical to the restoration of the American Prairie. Moving these ferrets to the NEW Zoo will help the prairie’s population of black-footed ferrets reach more sustainable numbers. Without the generous pilots who volunteer for LightHawk, these endangered animals would fly in the cargo area of a commercial airline which can be extremely traumatic.Read more about Michael Baum and his generous flight!
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