AOPA seeks money for airports at Missouri event

February 21, 2008

AOPA seeks money for airports at Missouri event

By AOPA ePublishing staff

Government officials have a lot on their minds, so if you want them to focus on the issues that matter to you, you need to start by getting their attention. The second Missouri State Aviation Day, held at the capitol in Jefferson City, did just that, and AOPA seized the opportunity to seek more money for airports.

At the Feb. 20 event, Joey Colleran, AOPA manager of state legislative affairs, and Bob Dickens, AOPA Midwest regional representative, talked to legislators about three measures that would make more money available for airports by raising or eliminating the cap on the state’s aviation fund. And they set out the facts—general aviation in Missouri creates more than 11,000 jobs, is responsible for $363.7 million in payroll, and contributes $1.1 billion to the state economy.

“When AOPA participates in events like this, it shows lawmakers that general aviation has a strong voice in their state and that we are alert to issues that affect GA at all levels of government,” explained Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of regional affairs.

The event was hosted by the Missouri Pilots Association and sponsored, in part, by AOPA.

February 21, 2008