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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/

Puppies Fly to a New Home

June 12, 2014

Last week, two pilots used their private plane to fly puppies to an unfilled shelter. As Pilots N Paws volunteers, Dan Drennan and Chuck DiBella flew from the Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport to the Gallia County and Meigs County animal shelters and picked up 13 dogs that were in danger of being euthanized. Now, the dogs have the opportunity to be adopted and find a new home. In fact, some of the dogs already had adoptive parents waiting for them in New York.

Pilots N Paws is an organization that flies in and rescues animals all across the country with the help of volunteer pilots. These voluntary flights have lowered the need to euthanize animals in shelters.

Pilots N Paws does not charge the shelters for transportation costs—pilots fund Pilots N Paws flights completely out of their own pockets.

To read more of this article, click here.

Interview with WGY News Radio about General Aviation in New York

June 5, 2014

Recently, Executive Director Selena Shilad went on WGY News Radio to talk about general aviation’s effect on the state of New York and its local economy.

Selena explained on WGY that not a lot of people think of general aviation as an important aspect in everyday life, but general aviation supports thousands of jobs, contributes billions to the state’s economy, and helps provide vital services such as medical transportation and disaster relief.

Selena further goes into how even on a local level, general aviation has a huge impact in New York State. Schenectady County Airport, in the New York’s Capital District, has an economic impact of more than $152,000 million and supports over 1,700 jobs.


Click below to listen to the interview.

Governors of Florida and Missouri Declare April to be ‘Aviation Appreciation Month’

April 25, 2014

This month, both Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri and Governor Rick Scott of Florida recognized the important role that aviation and general aviation plays in their respective states. Both governors understand the vital role that general aviation plays in their state’s economies as well as in the daily lives of millions of their citizens.

In Missouri, general aviation generates some $857 million in economic activity annually and supports over 7,400 jobs, while in Florida aviation as a whole represents more than $97 billion in annual economic activity.

To view the Missouri proclamation, click here.

To view the Florida proclamation, click here.

Aviation Business both Large and Small grow in Maine

April 17, 2014

In 2011 Black Bear Aviation, an aircraft maintenance and restoration company was founded. With humble beginnings, the business was set up at the Dexter Regional Airport in Dexter, Maine. The company was able to take advantage of the regional airport’s low leasing costs which in turn able the company to charge 25-35% lower on maintenance and restoration than its competitors. In the few years since starting, the three-employee company has moved to a larger airport and has required three hangers since demand is so high.

Black Bear Aviation is a story that is reflected by other aviation companies in Maine. The aviation maintenance industry in Maine has risen in the last five years. Currently the industry in the state employees 1,052 workers and has an economic impact of $124.7 million. Maine has been utilizing this growing industry to attract more businesses, which in turn has helped Mainers with more employment opportunities and more money being brought into the state.

To read more of this article click here.

Business Aviation Isn’t a Taker

April 10, 2014

On April 7th, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association, Ed Bolen, wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Times in response to a column.

In Ed’s letter, he points out that many vital facts were looked over in the column that painted a negative image of business aviation. Ed reminded us ithat economist understand and agree that the depreciation system helps incentivize companies to upgrade assets, from forklifts to cranes, and even aircraft.

The fact of the matter is that business aviation helps a lot of people and communities. In the letter, he also addresses that people and companies in rural areas of the country rely on business aviation to complete, since it is a tool that allows them to travel and send goods and services to other markets. This in turn allows small communities to keep local businesses, as well as the jobs they create.

To read more of Ed’s letter click here.

Two Mississippi Mayors Declare February “General Aviation Appreciation Month”

February 14, 2014

In the past two weeks, two mayors from Mississippi issued local proclamations recognizing the essential services and economic impact general aviation provides to their cities and the state of Mississippi. Mayor Jason L. Shelton of Tupelo and Mayor Scott B. Phillips, Jr. of Olive Branch both declared the month of February to be “General Aviation Appreciation Month” in their respective cities.

In Mississippi, general aviation has an annual economic impact of $860 million and provides medical transport. There are 78 public-use airports in the state that support over 2,500 active general aviation aircraft and over 4,000 pilots.

To view the Tupleo proclamation, click here.

To view the Olive Branch proclamation, click here.

General Aviation Appreciation Month in Bingen, WA and Oroville, WA

February 11, 2014

Last week, two mayors from Washington issued local proclamations declaring February “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” Mayor Betty Barnes of Bingen, WA and Mayor Chuck Spieth of Oroville, WA publicly recognized the value of general aviation, including the $3.18 million in economic activity that the industry brings to Washington annually.

The Dorothy Scott Municipal Airport in Oroville contributes an annual economic impact of $3.1 million and supports 51 local jobs. Near Bingen, the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport has an annual economic impact of $2.4 million and supports 38 local jobs. Both airports provide essential services to the surrounding areas, including agricultural spraying, air ambulance services, firefighting, and medical transport.

To view the Bingen, WA proclamation, click here.
To view the Oroville, WA proclamation, click here.

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