July 30, 2014

In conjunction with the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA’s) AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI, Wisconsin Gov, Scott Walker declared July 28 through Aug. 3 Aviation Week in his state.

More than half a million people, from more than 60 countries, are expected to attend AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport, which celebrates the past, present and future in the world of flight.

“Aviation not only drives Wisconsin’s economy, it improves our overall quality of life by providing vital emergency medical transportation, enhancing public safety by assisting law enforcement and transporting leisure travelers to their destinations quickly and safety,” Walker wrote in his proclamation.”

Wisconsin is home to 131 public-use airports, and overall, aviation generates about $7 billion annually in economic activity and supports 90,900 jobs.

View the Wisconsin proclamation. (PDF)

“Business aviation helps companies in Wisconsin operate in an increasingly competitive environment, and reach far-off customers, suppliers and markets,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

“It is no surprise that 85 percent of new or expanded manufacturing companies in the state are located within 15 miles of a jet-capable airport; business aviation is just that important of a tool,” Bolen added. “We thank Gov. Walker for his proclamation and look forward to working with him to support business aviation.”

This current proclamation is the fourth from Wisconsin since the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign was launched in 2009, as a jointly sponsored initiative by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. All 50 states have officially recognized the value of general aviation, including business aviation, through proclamations incorporating themes established through the campaign.