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April 22, 2010
AOPA ePublishing staff
More than 20,000 pilots and nearly 12,000 general aviation aircraft call Washington state home. Gov. Christine Gregoire has recognized the importance of GA to the state by proclaiming May General Aviation Appreciation Month in Washington.
“General Aviation plays a vital role in the state’s response to emergencies and natural disasters, and many communities depend on it for the continued flow of commerce and tourists,” the proclamation notes.
It cites the critical role GA plays in the lives of Washington citizens, businesses, and farm operations, as well as its economic impact: GA represents $490 million in economic impact, supporting 178,375 jobs in the state, the proclamation says.
Proclamations like the one in Washington illustrate that political leaders are aware of the many benefits of their state’s aviation industry. AOPA continually promotes the benefits of GA to lawmakers in each state and monitors all legislative actions that could affect the community.
Advocacy and Legislation,
AOPA is asking the FAA to withdraw a proposed airworthiness directive that could affect thousands of ECi cylinders.
AOPA is looking to the Michigan Senate for “refinement” of proposals amended unfavorably in last-minute House action.
The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry five or fewer passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.