April 22, 2010
By 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.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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