April 8, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
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Charles Lindbergh and thousands of World War II aviators learned to fly in Nebraska. Now, the state has 81 airports serving 3,600 pilots and 2,000 general aviation aircraft. Gov. Dave Heineman recognized the importance of GA to the state April 7 by proclaiming April Nebraska General Aviation Appreciation Month.
The proclamation cites the rich aviation history in Nebraska and GA’s contributions to the economy, medical transport, disaster relief, and more. GA contributes more than $1 billion to the state’s economy each year, it notes.
“Given our state’s geography, a great many businesses and communities depend upon General Aviation aircraft and small aircraft of all types for mobility, access to medical transport, medical outreach clinics, disaster relief, economic opportunity and a wide range of critical resources,” the proclamation explains.
AOPA Central Regional Representative Bill Hamilton suggested the proclamation to Heineman’s office, and the governor was receptive to the idea. Nebraska Department of Aeronautics Director Ronnie Mitchell and Aviation Specialist David Morris helped choose April 2010 for Nebraska General Aviation Appreciation Month because it is the month for the annual statewide student Aviation Art Awards contest.
Proclamations like the one in Nebraska 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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