December 29, 2011
By Jim Moore
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal proclaimed December a month to appreciate general aviation, noting the critical role aviation plays as an economic engine and a lifeline for communities in times of crisis.
GA contributes $2.05 billion to Louisiana’s economy each year, directly supporting nearly 8,000 jobs. The state’s aerospace and aviation sectors support 11,000 jobs, with $416 million in payroll.
Jindal noted in his Dec. 1 proclamation that while Louisiana ranks twenty-fifth in the nation in terms of aviation-generated dollars, $454 per capita, the economic benefit as a percentage of the state’s GDP ranks seventh in the nation. Louisiana is home to 9,562 pilots and 4,891 GA aircraft.
Three dozen governors have responded to a call from the Alliance for Aviation Across America, in conjunction with partner organizations including AOPA and local owners and operators, to recognize the value of aviation.
AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys competition aerobatics.
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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