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Minnesota recognizes aviation industry

October 20, 2010, 09:17 am

When most people think of airplanes, they think of large airlines geared towards transporting mass numbers of passengers. However, it's general aviation pilots that can play a large role in the lives of people every day. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has officially made October General Aviation Appreciation Month in the state to honor the work of general aviation pilots.

In addition to leisure trips, general aviation consists of aircraft that transports patients in medical emergencies and assists in rescue efforts, for example. A number of people are employed in aviation-related jobs.

Minnesota Department of Transportation Aeronautics director Chris Roy says aviation-related employees fill a crucial need in the state.

"Minnesota's more than 13,000 pilots and 6,000 aviation technicians and mechanics, and all of our airport managers, help to keep general aviation a safe and reliable industry that brings benefits to citizen in every corner the state," says Roy.

Several other states have also acknowledged the importance of air transportation. Arkansas has recognized March, and New Mexico has declared September, to be aviation appreciation months.

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