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Aviation's clout noted in CaliforniaAviation clout noted in California

AOPA members met and mingled with advocacy staff representatives, Airport Support Network volunteers, and legislators at a California Aviation Day event.

Local airports connect communities to the global marketplace, and in California, aviation’s total annual economic impact weighs in at $168.7 billion, supporting more than a million jobs, according to the organization that hosts an event to recognize aviation’s role in the state.

California’s population of pilots (59,841) and aircraft (29,211) each represents 10 percent of the nation’s population of pilots and aircraft, says the website of the California Aviation Day event that was held at the state Capitol in Sacramento on April 20.

AOPA is a sponsor of the event as the association works to keep general aviation in the forefront for elected officials in California, as it does in other states.

This year’s well-attended event on the Capitol’s north lawn earned the distinction of being described as "the best in four years," by long-time aviation advocate and state Sen. Jean Fuller (R-District 16). She is the Senate’s Republican leader and chair of the bipartisan California Aviation Caucus. Fuller also planned to introduce Senate Concurrent Resolution 114 to recognize April as Aviation Awareness Month.

AOPA members met and mingled with advocacy staff representatives, Airport Support Network volunteers, and legislators, to discuss the issues and inspect the displays of a variety of exhibitors. News media were also present.

AOPA bestowed its annual Joseph P. Crotti Award for advocacy on Carol Ford, vice president of the California Pilots Association’s Region 3, for her diligence and dedication as a liaison for local general aviation, resolving issues with the state policymakers. 

“It is wonderful that legislators like Senator Fuller have a passion for flying and understand the value of aviation to California. Their support is greatly appreciated," said Sherry Miller, president of the Association of California Airports.

“Aviation Days are an efficient and convenient way for AOPA members to connect directly with their legislators and legislative leadership and share their experiences about flying in California,” said Jared Esselman, AOPA’s director of state government affairs.

Topics: Advocacy, Economic Impact

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