LANSING, MICH. – Citing aviation’s vital role in Michigan’s economy, Gov. Rick Snyder proclaimed September as “Aviation Month In Michigan.” More than a dozen events across the state highlighted aviation’s value during the month. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Office of Aeronautics supports aviation by developing and preserving a safe, high-quality statewide air transportation system.
The governor’s proclamation notes that aviation-related activities contribute more than $10 billion annually to Michigan’s economy. The state is home to 235 public-use airports, 6,800 registered aircraft, 16,000 licensed pilots, 225 licensed aircraft dealers, 70 licensed flight schools and five aircraft manufacturers.
Aviation events in September included:
* The 84th Annual Michigan Air Tour, where pilots flew to airports in Tuscola County, Presque Isle, Sawyer International and Greenville, September 19-22, 2013 to highlight each airport’s services and economic importance. The public was invited to view the aircraft, meet the pilots and learn about general aviation.
* Seven “dawn patrol” events at airports in Alma, Fowlerville, Jackson, Marshall, Midland, Parchment and Sidnaw.
* An Airport Fun Day on September 7 at Dalton Airport in Flushing.
* A Fiesta Fly-In at Houghton Lake-Roscommon County Airport on September 14.
For additional information, visit http://www.michigan.gov/aero/0,4533,7-145-52412—M_2013_9,00.html