The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today welcomed a proclamation from the governor of North Carolina – the state that hosted the first manned, powered flight – declaring December 3-10, 2010 as "Aviation Appreciation Week."
Governor Beverly Perdue (D-NC) is the 19th governor this year to issue such official recognition. The proclamation recognizes all aviation, including the use of general aviation aircraft for business purposes.
"We commend Governor Perdue for her support of business aviation in North Carolina," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Her recognition of the industry´s benefits to the state´s economy and transportation system is welcome, especially in the challenging economic climate we´re facing today."
The governor´s proclamation makes North Carolina the 19th state to go on record this year as appreciating the value of aviation. States previously recognizing the role business aviation plays in their states have been Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia. Recognition in each state has echoed the facts set forth in the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, which is co-sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.