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.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
Thierry Zibi announced Aug. 27 that SAM Aircraft, the company he founded to build a distinctive light sport aircraft, is for sale.
Pipistrel, the Slovenian manufacturer of several eco-friendly, electrically powered airplanes, has announced its new two-seat trainer, the WATTsUP.
The Flying Aviation Expo will offer something for everyone at its inaugural event in Palm Springs, California.
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