September 5, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
Nowhere are pilots and their aircraft more vital to the well-being of their communities than in Alaska, where AOPA will help celebrate aviators’ contributions during a month officially designated as a time of appreciation for aviation.
Recognizing that 82 percent of Alaska communities are without roads, and that the state has 734 registered airports, 10,883 aircraft, and 8,514 registered pilots, Gov. Sean Parnell has issued a proclamation declaring September General Aviation Appreciation Month.
The proclamation encourages Alaskans to “celebrate general aviation as a unique resource,” and to appreciate the achievements of those who make flight possible in America’s “last frontier.”
One opportunity for Alaskans to participate will occur Sept. 17 in Anchorage, when AOPA President Craig Fuller will join other association leaders and public-officials at an AOPA-hosted Celebration of General Aviation. Members are invited to get acquainted with Fuller at the event, which will be held at Signature Flight Support, South Air Park, at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Tom George, AOPA’s Alaska regional manager, credited the Alliance for Aviation Across America for moving state proclamations in support of general aviation forward. The organization now lists 40 states with proclamations supporting general aviation.
The Alaska Airmen’s Association, Alaska Air Carriers Association, Alaska Airports Association, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, and the FAA provided input and support for the effort in the state, he said.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
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