Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has declared April 2015 Aviation Appreciation Month in the state, issuing a gubernatorial proclamation that recognizes the contributions of a "vibrant and supportive aviation community" and commends several aviation organizations, including AOPA, for their efforts.
There are 46 public-use airports in Utah, where many communities depend heavily on general aviation and their local airports to support commerce and tourism. General aviation’s role in public-service flying also enhances Utah’s quality of life by supporting emergency medical services, law enforcement, firefighting, and disaster relief, the proclamation says.
AOPA was commended for recognizing and promoting the interest and importance of aviation in Utah, as were the Utah Airport Operators Association, Utah Business Aviation Association, Utah General Aviation Association, and the National Business Aviation Association.
"AOPA continues to advocate for members at the state and local level, and recognition of AOPA by name in this proclamation demonstrates the importance of those efforts," said David Ulane, AOPA Northwest/Mountain regional manager.
Ulane urged AOPA members in Utah to share news of the proclamation with their state and local elected officials. He credited Utah Aeronautics Director Patrick Morley, who is an AOPA member, for his division’s positive approach to issues vital to GA and community airports.
Morley said a supportive environment exists for aviation in Utah.
"I’m grateful that Gov. Herbert and the legislature recognize how important aviation is to Utah’s economy," said Morley. "The business community and state agencies understand that time is money and aircraft are time management tools to help improve productivity. Utah is very fortunate to have an excellent system of airports to support both business and recreational aviation."
Ulane also urged members in other states to impress on their states' top officials that adopting similar proclamations can spotlight aviation business and employment opportunities in their states.