Daily Herald
Recognize Value Of Regional Airports
Sep 12, 2011

The aviation community commends Gov. Pat Quinn’s recent declaration recognizing the importance of general aviation and its vital role in Illinois. At Chicago Executive Airport, we believe the recognition is overdue.
 
Chicago is well-known for having one of the busiest airports in the world. While O’Hare International Airport does an amazing job, other airports in the region play a significant supporting role. General aviation airports provide travelers with additional opportunities to access Main Street America, as well as the rest of Illinois. They are an essential part of America’s transportation system and contribute $6 billion each year to Illinois’ economy. That translates to $492 per capita — the seventh highest total in the country.
 
Illinois is home to 27,000 pilots and 10,578 registered general aviation aircraft and general aviation accounts, with 3,100 full-time and 1,000 part-time jobs directly attributable to general aviation. Regional airports also support local businesses such as flight schools, medical care, farms and law enforcement, helping them connect to urban centers within and beyond the state. Indirectly, they cast a much larger footprint on the job market.
 
Since 1981, Lifeline Pilots based in Peoria, utilizing regional airports, has provided free transportation to individuals requiring specialized medical treatment in other parts of the state or country. Traveling more than 1.7 million passenger miles, 550 active general aviation pilot volunteers conduct more than 500 missions annually taking patients to treatment facilities, reuniting family members and assisting in disaster relief operations.
 
A strong, secure and robust air transportation system is an important part of stimulating the local and national economy. The governor’s proclamation is an important step in the right direction.
 
Dennis G. Rouleau
Airport manager
Chicago Executive Airport





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."





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