December 29, 2011
By Jim Moore
General aviation has a friend in Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who designated December as General Aviation Appreciation Month.
Branstad noted in the proclamation that GA plays a critical role in Iowa life, serving agriculture, business travel, air medical transport, cargo, law enforcement, charter, personal travel, and recreation. Branstad singled out for special attention the role GA plays in preparing the state to respond to disaster, including direct response to emergencies and supporting the training and response of various agencies and organizations.
Iowa aviation also supports more than 47,000 jobs, generating $18 billion in economic activity within the state. The state’s 5,600 pilots and 4,000 GA aircraft log more than one million operations each year, and many communities depend on GA to maintain the flow of commerce and tourism. The state has 108 public-use airports, 69 fixed-base operations, 24 charter companies, and 35 certified repair stations.
AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys competition aerobatics.
Congress has passed an omnibus spending bill that keeps the FAA, and other government agencies, funded through September 2015.
The Center for Environmental Health, an Oakland, California-based nonprofit, has settled a 2011 lawsuit it brought against numerous aviation fuel suppliers in the state, the group announced Dec. 12.
With near misses with drones in the news there is growing concern among pilots over this new source of flying FOD, and AOPA weighed in during a House subcommittee hearing on the topic.
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