Aviation’s natural realm is the skies; so talking about aircraft at a grass roots level seems a bit odd. This anomaly is further enhanced in Alaska where the daunting ground terrain and the even more challenging weather makes general aviation the key transportation means for many citizens. The meeting in Anchorage helped add to the grass roots for GA in that state and elsewhere.
GAMA, AOPA, NATA and NBAA are sponsoring a celebration of the critical nature of their businesses to the 49th state. Cynics might regard such events to be a superfluous effort, but the attached press release is just one of many industry-induced reminders, which in turn will stimulate mass media coverage of the Celebration of General Aviation in Alaska.
Newspaper stories, coverage on the local evening news and the multiple notes on Twitter, Linked In, Facebook, independent blogs and other new media sites raise the awareness of the general public. The presence of Senator Begich, state and local elected officials helps to underscore the message of aviation’s value.
The professionals who work in this business, and those whose focus is directed at shaping aviation policy, frequently enter debates about an airport, a new tax or some new governmental regulation with an enormous sense of isolation. Events – such as this celebration – create links that make aviation stronger when the next crisis arises.
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