A Beechcraft-Textron King Air 350C has been plying the skies in the Midwest and other parts of the country, but what’s inside the airplane may be surprising. On any given day, the twin-engine turboprop aircraft may be delivering a heart for immediate transplant, transporting a surgeon to a hospital to provide expert assistance with a life-saving operation or bringing a patient in need of specialized care to the Mayo Clinic facility in Rochester, MN. The King Air is part of the renowned Mayo Clinic Medical Transport.
Two Long Island, NY industry groups have produced a bumper sticker to promote business aviation in the region. Echoing imagery and a central message of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, the bumper sticker depicts a business aviation plane on an American flag background and states, “Business Aviation is Good for America.”
In acknowledgement of the value that general aviation, including business aviation, brings to towns and cities across the U.S., mayors from several cities declared December 2016 General Aviation Appreciation Month.
The Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) this year airlifted a record 10,000 pounds of donated items to hundreds of veterans and their families across the state. “The VFW Airlift is a perfect opportunity for CABA to give back to the local community, while at the same time showing the importance of business and general aviation to our state,” said CABA Vice Chairman Kandi Spangler.
The city of DeKalb, IL, home of the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport (DKB), will use the No Plane No Gain “Business Aviation: Working for America” video on its local government access channel to educate residents about the value the airport brings to the region. “The business aviation connection makes this town far more successful than it would be without it,” said Jeff Birtell, managing producer of Channel 14.
A proposed aviation-focused license plate aims to raise awareness of the significant impact aviation, including business aviation, has on the state of Colorado. “Any opportunity to advance aviation’s visibility in a positive manner is appreciated,” said Steve Hadley, NBAA’s Southwest regional representative and director of regional programs. “We applaud the efforts to promote general aviation, which is a big economic driver in Colorado.”
An economic impact analysis of Van Nuys Airport (VNY) – one of the busiest general aviation airports in the country – has determined the airport is a “key player” in the Southern California region. The study found that the airport contributes 10,480 jobs – of which 5,291 are on-site jobs; $674.6 million in labor income; $124.9 million in state and local taxes; and $170.4 million in federal tax revenues.
Recognizing the important role general aviation, including business aviation, and community airports play in the lives of citizens and the operation of businesses and farms in the states of Ohio and Indiana, several mayors proclaimed December 2016 as General Aviation Month.
A license plate recognizing the value of aviation, including business aviation, could soon be a new option for Washington state vehicle owners. “NBAA encourages our members in Washington to support this initiative, which not only raises awareness of the state aviation system, but would also provide additional funding for the infrastructure of vital public-use airports in the state,” said Kristi Ivey, NBAA’s Northwest regional representative.
Tim Skinner, vice chairman of the Lafayette Airport Commission, has made it his mission to grow business aviation at Louisiana’s Lafayette Regional Airport. Skinner has been using No Plane No Gain materials, in conjunction with meetings with airport tenants, businesses, area political leaders and commissioners, “so they can see that growing business aviation provides a financial benefit to the airport and the community,” he said.