Events across Michigan Highlight Aviation Month

September 6, 2013

Citing aviation’s vital role in Michigan’s economy, Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed September as Aviation Month in Michigan. More than a dozen events across the state will highlight aviation’s value. 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 include:

-          The 84th annual Michigan Air Tour, where a group of pilots will fly to airports in Tuscola County, Presque Isle, Sawyer International and Greenville from Sept. 19 to 22 to highlight each airport’s services and economic importance. The public is 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 Sept. 7 at Dalton Airport in Flushing.

-          A Fiesta Fly-In at Houghton Lake-Roscommon County Airport on Sept. 14.

            For a complete list, visit http://www.michigan.gov/aero/0,4533,7-145-52412—M_2013_9,00.html

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