October 14, 2010
AOPA ePublishing staff
With 155 airports and more than 100 FBOs, Minnesota depends on general aviation for tourism, help in emergencies, and its economic benefits. Gov. Tim Pawlenty recognized the importance of general aviation to his state Oct. 11 by proclaiming October 2010 “General Aviation Appreciation Month.”
Minnesota is home to GA companies such as Cirrus Design, and the proclamation cites the numerous charter companies, repair stations, flight schools, FBOs, and manufacturers that “support our nation’s positive trade balance and provide good paying jobs for our citizens.”
Minnesota is home to 13, 529 pilots and 7,806 aircraft, the proclamation explains. GA is an important economic engine for communities with airports, it adds.
Proclamations like the one in Minnesota illustrate that political leaders are aware of the many benefits of their state’s aviation industry. AOPA continually promotes the benefits of general aviation to lawmakers in each state and monitors all legislative actions that could affect GA.
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
Daher-Socata announced that it had installed the first Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics in one of its 2004 TBM 700C2 airplanes.
Even brief flight under actual conditions can expose how well your basic instrument flying is serving.
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