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Huntington, WV Mayor Williams Joins AAAA Board

October 24, 2016

The Alliance for Aviation Across America recently welcomed Mayor Steve Williams of Huntington, West Virginia as the newest member of its Board of Directors.

“I am honored to serve on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Aviation Across America,” Mayor Williams said. “As the Mayor of a community that relies heavily on general aviation and our local airport, I understand firsthand the importance of reliable air service to our community’s economic growth and access to critical services.”

According to WVDOT and the Contribution of General Aviation to the US Economy Study, West Virginia is home to 17 general aviation airports and supports 5,300 jobs, resulting in $256 million in labor income. 

“We are thrilled that Mayor Williams has joined the Alliance Board of Directors,” stated Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association and the President of the Alliance’s Board of Directors. “Mayor Williams brings invaluable experience and perspectives as the leader of a community that relies extensively on general aviation and our aviation infrastructure.  We look forward to working with him on issues impacting aviation and rural communities.

To learn more click here.

Mid Atlantic Aviation Coalition

May 2, 2016


Since 1989, the Mid Atlantic Aviation Coalition has been helping to advocate on behalf of aviation in New Jersey. Their mission is to preserve New Jersey’s public use airports and improve their safety and capacity. MAAC is launching aviation safety seminars across the state later this month. The group works in particular to educate the public and members of the New Jersey State Legislature about the benefits of general aviation and the potential impact of legislation on this form of transportation.

On May 2nd – 6th 2016, MAAC will host the General Aviation Appreciation Week at the New Jersey Statehouse. All week, there will be exhibitions and presentations to all members of the New Jersey Legislature about general aviation and its impact in New Jersey.

The MAAC, the New Jersey Aviation Association, and the Alliance for Aviation Across America coordinated with the Governor’s Office on a proclamation declaring May 2016 General Aviation Appreciation Month in the State of New Jersey. The proclamation was called for by State Senate and General Assembly resolutions that Governor Chris Christie signed.  The legislation was a result of work begun by Mid-Atlantic Aviation Coalition Vice President Bob Checchio and Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, and had enormous bipartisan support.

To learn more about the MAAC – NEW JERSEY, check out their Facebook and website.

Tell Congress: Don’t Put Big Airlines In Charge

March 16, 2016

We need you to take a couple of minutes to help protect communities and businesses around the country. Currently, the big airlines are pushing a proposal to take away public oversight over our air traffic control system.

Will you say no to this proposal?

This bill would privatize air traffic control and give big airlines unprecedented authority over our nation’s air traffic system – including the ability to raise fees and make decisions about access and funding of airports that could pose a significant threat to communities and airports of all sizes, as well as other sectors of aviation.

That is why this week we’ve launched a new petition to ask Congress to stand firmly against any attempts to privatize air traffic control.

Congress must pass legislation to fund the FAA before a March 31st deadline, so please add your voice.

Sign the petition today.

Thank you!

Alliance for Aviation Across America

PS. Once you’ve signed the petition, don’t forget to share it on Facebook and Twitter!

Women of Aviation Worldwide Week

March 7, 2016

The history of aviation is filled with many examples of groundbreaking men, but there are also many women who were pioneers of flight. Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, this year March 7 to 13, seeks to honor female aviators and increase awareness about the opportunities available for both women and men in aviation. Raymonde de la Roche, the first woman to receive a pilot’s license, and Harriet Quimby, the first woman to fly across the English Channel in 1912, are two of this year’s honorees.

Click here to learn more about the celebration and how you can get involved

Who are your aviation heroes?

Aviation Charities and Local Airports Are Spreading Holiday Spirit

December 18, 2015

The general aviation community is spreading holiday cheer and happiness through fly-ins and charity drives across the country. Local airports like this one are centers for their communities, helping young and old come together to celebrate.

Santa Fly-Ins are a great way to get kids excited about aviation or teach people about their community airport. These events also benefit local charities, like Angel Flight West’s drive to collect and deliver school supplies to Title One schools.

Ohio’s Governor Declares General Aviation Appreciation Month

December 11, 2015

This December, the Alliance is thrilled to announce that Governor John Kasich of Ohio issued a proclamation recognizing the important role of aviation and general aviation in Ohio.  The proclamation notes that general aviation plays a critical role for businesses and farms across the state and that aviation manufacturing supports many local jobs.

General aviation is a business resource and an economic driver for numerous communities across the country. In Ohio, general aviation airports account for $1.8 billion in annual economic output and support over 17,497 jobs. General aviation also provides valuable healthcare delivery services and supports law enforcement and disaster relief.

We thank the Governor and his staff for their work on this proclamation.

To view the Ohio proclamation, click here.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Aviators

December 7, 2015

Programs across the US are teaching young people about the amazing career opportunities in the general aviation industry.  Part of the national attention getting kids involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, these programs hope to inspire kids by showcasing aviation.

One program transformed a classroom into a flight simulator to put students in the pilot seat. The variety of aviation jobs in their community impressed these California high schoolers.

Texas Governor Issues Proclamation Recognizing the Importance of Aviation

November 16, 2015

This November, the Alliance is thrilled to announce that Governor Greg Abbot of Texas issued a proclamation that recognizes the important role of aviation and general aviation in Texas.

General aviation is a business resource and an economic driver for numerous communities across the country. In Texas, general aviation accounts for $14.5 billion in annual economic output and supports over 56,000 jobs. General aviation also provides valuable healthcare delivery services and supports law enforcement and disaster relief.

We thank the Governor and his staff for their work on this proclamation.

To view the Texas proclamation, click here.

Expert Urges Caution on Changes to Air Traffic Control System

November 9, 2015

An aviation industry expert wants any discussion of changes to the structure and funding of U.S. Air Traffic Control to be guided by one principle: First, Do No Harm.

Before considering proposals to change, he argues, lawmakers should consider the impact on various stakeholders and constituencies such as business and general aviation, local communities and their airports.

General aviation and local airports are lifelines to small and rural communities, providing access for business, as well as critical services like medical, law-enforcement, firefighting, and disaster response. It is important to ensure their voice is heard in proposals to change the U.S. air traffic control system.

To read the full Brookings FixGov Blog piece, click here.

Veterans Airlift Command

November 2, 2015

General aviation pilots have big hearts and nothing showcases that more than the volunteers of Veterans Airlift Command (VAC).

This network of general aviation pilots is committed to helping post 9/11 combat wounded veterans and their families get access to the care they need. Often veterans require specialized care that may require them to travel long distances or separate them from their families. Or medical conditions make airline travel especially difficult.  Pilots from VAC donate their time and flight costs to ensure the vets get the first class treatment they deserve.  The 2,500 VAC volunteer pilots have flown over 10,000 passengers since its inception in 2006.

In one recent mission, a VAC team enabled Marine Sgt. Peck to enjoy a friend’s wedding and be prepared for a last–minute arm transplant call, by delivering him to Dallas from the North East, and having the aircraft and crew stand-by all weekend for an immediate departure to Johns Hopkins should a donor become available (Peck has to be within 6 hours of the operating room at all times).

Veterans Airlift Command is kicking off the holiday season, their busiest time of the year, with Hero Flight 2015, where attendees can learn more about their mission and catch a private concert with Jerrod Niemann. VAC is dedicated to ensuring that these wounded warriors are able to spend the holiday with their families; if you’d like to learn more or register to fly missions, check out their website.

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