September 24, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
September marked a month’s celebration of aviation in Michigan, including an official proclamation by Gov. Rick Snyder and a three-day air tour bringing aviation’s local heritage to life for residents.
Snyder issued a Michigan Aviation Month proclamation recognizing aviation’s $10 billion annual contribution to Michigan’s economy, and honoring its 235 public-use airports, 70 licensed flight schools, 6,000 registered aircraft, 16,000 pilots, and 225 aircraft dealers.
The air tour has been conducted annually by the Michigan Aviation Association since 1929. This year’s air tour took place Sept. 21 to 23, with events scheduled at eight airports.
AOPA joined with the Michigan Aeronautics Commission, Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics, and other aviation organizations to introduce the community to aviation, said Bryan Budds, AOPA Great Lakes regional manager.
“The tour is an opportunity for pilots to see different parts of the state, and introduces the community to aviation,” Budds said.
Red Bull Air Racing has returned for 2014, with Paul Bonhomme, twice a world champion of past years’ competitions, claiming a victory.
AOPA President Mark Baker flew four women and girls on two flights March 4 as part of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week activities designed to introduce more women and girls to aviation.
Pilots from Maine and New England turned out in numbers for the annual Maine Aviation Forum hosted by EAA Chapter 1434.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.