Governor Jay Nixon has declared April General Aviation Appreciation Month.

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Press Release from Alliance for Aviation Across America

*National Aviation Organizations Commend Missouri Governor for Declaring
April ‘General Aviation Appreciation Month’*

*Washington, DC*– Today, national aviation organizations applauded Missouri
Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon for declaring April “General Aviation
Appreciation Month.” In Missouri, general aviation accounts for $857
million in annual economic activity, and supports over 7,000 jobs statewide.

“Governor Nixon’s proclamation recognizing the importance of general
aviation in Missouri further illustrates the crucial impact that this
industry has, not only to the state, but nationwide,” said Selena Shilad,
Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “General
aviation provides many benefits to businesses, both large and small,
throughout the state.”

“General aviation supports vital medical, law enforcement and public safety
services. In times of emergency, such as the tornado in Joplin back in
2011, general aviation played an important role in assisting the community
immediately after the devastation by serving as a connection point for
needed supplies and support to the city,” stated Mark Baker, President and
CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). “Governor Nixon’s
proclamation highlights the benefits of general aviation and small airports
in Missouri.”

“Business aviation helps business professionals get to meetings, reach
clients, bring in supplies and send out goods – it is vital to business
growth,” said Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation
Association (NBAA). “We are pleased that Governor Nixon has passed this
proclamation, and appreciate his support of this important economic driver.
We look forward to working with him in the future.”

“We applaud Governor Nixon’s recognition of the importance of general
aviation in Missouri,” said Jack Pelton, Chairman of the Experimental
Aircraft Association (EAA). “This proclamation highlights the benefits of
general aviation and helps to grow and support enthusiasm for flying. We
look forward to continuing to work with the Governor to support aviation
and general aviation throughout the state and the nation.

Kim Stevens, interim President and CEO of the National Association of State
Aviation Officials (NASAO) noted, “Our nation’s network of airports is a
critical part of our infrastructure and helps to connect communities and
businesses with critical supplies and markets. We thank Governor Nixon and
Aviation Administrator Amy Ludwig for their efforts in bringing attention
to general aviation and its benefits.”

“General aviation links communities across Missouri and provides important
economic development opportunities,” stated Thomas L. Hendricks, President
and CEO of the National Air Transportation Association. “NATA and our
member companies in Missouri applaud Governor Nixon’s actions in
recognizing general aviation as a vital resource to the state’s
competitiveness and growth.”

“Helicopters and other general aviation aircraft play a vital role in
Missouri’s first responder and law enforcement network,” said Matthew
Zuccaro, President of the Helicopter Association International (HAI). “We
thank Governor Nixon for this proclamation and for recognizing this vital
industry.”