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AOPA touts GA at Arizona Aviation DayAOPA touts GA at Arizona Aviation Day

Aviation in Arizona creates 9,800 jobs, contributes $261 million in salaries and wages, and produces $1.8 billion in economic output, AOPA told lawmakers and other attendees at the recent Arizona Aviation Day in Phoenix.

Helicopters on display offer hands-on experience with general aviation aircraft at the Arizona Aviation Day in Phoenix. Photo by Melissa McCaffrey.

In addition, the state boasts 26,220 active pilots, 7,802 GA aircraft, 79 public-use airports, and 3.4 million GA takeoffs and landings annually, the association noted, showcasing the value of GA.

Rep. Noel Campbell (R-District 1), a GA pilot, spoke about the important role aviation plays in the state. AOPA plans to work with Campbell to establish an aviation caucus in the state to help garner support for aviation-friendly regulations.

The event, still strong in its twelfth year, offered pilots the opportunity to visit with legislators and discuss one-on-one the significant contributions that aviation businesses, organizations, and operations make to the state.

Topics: Advocacy, State Legislation

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