Vermont Governor Recognizes Importance Of General Aviation
Feb 19, 2010
Vermont Governor Jim Douglas signed a proclamation declaring February as "General Aviation Appreciation Month" Thursday during the Vermont Aerospace & Aviation Association (VAAA) Open House. The proclamation highlights the significance the industry has on Vermont's statewide economy. The VAAA is a division of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce which manages this association in partnership with Lt. Governor and VAAA Chair Brian Dubie, who also serves as National Chair of the Aerospace States Association. The event was attended by general aviation (GA) leaders from around the country including Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA) Executive Director Selena Shilad.
"As Vermont seeks to rebound from the recession, we have to work to maintain and strengthen industries that positively impact our small towns and businesses," said Governor Douglas. "By declaring February "Aviation and Aerospace Appreciation Month", we're sending a clear signal that we support this industry that is central to our state's economic success."
Lt. Governor Brian Dubie, who founded VAAA in 2006, added, "Our national security, our economic vitality, and our national mobility rely on a strong aerospace and aviation sector. Similarly, Vermont's aviation sector plays a vital role in our state's economic well-being and public safety."
AAAA Executive Director Selena Shilad said, "We are so pleased to have the support of Governor Douglas and Lt. Gov Dubie as we continue to highlight the economic significance of general aviation on local economies around the country. General Aviation provides a lifeline to small communities, farms, and business by providing them with needed access to emergency medical services, economic development and mobility."
Vermont depends heavily on general aviation. GA alone contributes $274 million, or $430 per capita, to Vermont's economy annually. Vermont has 16 public-use airports, 1,350 pilots and 877 general aviation aircraft. Aviation, including commercial service, accounts for 9,000 jobs and $225 million in wages to Vermont's economy.
No Plane No Gain: Sampling of 2010 Coverage
Since the launch of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, a concerted effort has been made to deliver the message about the importance of business aviation through national and local news outlets. This sampling of national and local television coverage in 2010, highlights the campaign's effectiveness in communicating the industry's importance.
NBAA's Bolen on Fox Business Network
Click here to see Ed Bolen, President and CEO of NBAA, in an interview on Fox Business Network
NBAA's Bolen on DC's Newschannel 8
In an interview with Newschannel 8, Bolen explains that "... business aviation is prudent, cost-effective, and oftentimes, the only way to get where you're going."