June 15, 2011
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Colorado aviation groups, state legislators, and aviation officials celebrated how aviation helps save lives, jobs, economies, and communities during the second annual Colorado Aviation Business Association “Aviation Saves” conference June 10 and 11 at Centennial Airport in Denver.
AOPA President Craig Fuller spoke June 10 and discussed the many ways aviation saves as highlighted in the association’s GA Serves America campaign. GA creates jobs, generates $1.2 billion in economic activity, provides personal and business transportation, and makes humanitarian, medical, firefighting, police, and media flights possible.
Fuller explained that the House and Senate General Aviation Caucuses on Capitol Hill are growing, which is helping to educate others in Congress on the importance of business and general aviation and the vital lifesaving roles it performs.
Colorado officials understand the importance of GA to their state. That was recognized in May by Gov. John Hickenlooper who dubbed June as “General Aviation Appreciation Month.”
Aviation is an industry that is valuable in Colorado, with “75 airports, which serve 24,118 pilots and 8,074 general aviation aircraft,” the proclamation said, adding that GA supports 22,659 jobs and $750 million in payroll in the state.
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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