Celebrate general aviation at a local airport in July
PLYMOUTH – Local Airmen recently joined members of the state legislature, FAA, MassDOT Aviation Division, Massachusetts Airport Managers Association and industry leaders at Minute Man Air Field in Stow to launch July as General Aviation Month in Massachusetts.
The event was sponsored by the Massachusetts Airport Management Association (MAMA) which advocates for the state’s 37 public airports, including Plymouth Municipal Airport.
Dr Jeffrey DeCarlo, Administrator of the Aviation Division of MassDOT, read a proclamation from Governor Charlie Baker stating that “General aviation and community airports play a vital role in the lives of our citizens, as well as in the functioning of our company and our farms ”.
The proclamation also recognized that general aviation improves the overall quality of life by supporting emergency and medical services, law enforcement, firefighting and disaster relief, as well as investments in sustainable fuels and emerging technologies.
DeCarlo said the coming changes in general aviation, driven by emerging technologies, will be as profound as the advent of the jet age decades ago, and that Massachusetts will remain a leader in aerospace development. .
Plymouth was represented by Tom Hurley, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Airport Management Association, President of the Plymouth Aero Club and Commissioner of Plymouth Airport, and Matt Cardillo, President of MAMA and Deputy Director of Plymouth Airport.
The state’s 37 public-use airports support 199,000 jobs and more than $ 24 billion in annual economic output, according to MassDOT. They are home to public safety agencies including the State Police Air Wing and Boston Med Flight, Aviation Workforce Development including the National Aviation Academy, Cape Cod Community College, Bridgewater State University and business and leisure flights.