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Governor Proclaims July 24-30 “Aviation Week”
Cites EAA for inspiring youth, hosting World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration
July 28, 2017 - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proclaimed this “Aviation Week,” citing the contribution general aviation makes to the state’s economy.
His proclamation reads in part, “Whereas the love of flight continues to be fostered with our state’s youths through efforts such as the Department’s Aviation Careers and Education (ACE) program, which provides disadvantaged youths with valuable work experience, mentoring and firsthand knowledge about aviation careers, and Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program, which is celebrating 25 years, having flown more than two million kids with the help of its network of volunteer pilots and ground volunteers; and whereas the annual Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) AirVenture in Oshkosh signals one of the greatest weeks of the year for aviation enthusiasts around the world; and whereas from July 24 - July 30, 2017, more than 550,000 people and 10,000 aircraft from around the world will converge in Oshkosh for ‘The World’s great Aviation Celebration,’ which was voted the No. 1 Air Show on the USA Today 10 Best list; now, therefore, I, Scott Walker, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, do hereby proclaim the week of July 24 - July 30, 2017 as Aviation Week throughout the State of Wisconsin, and I commend this observance to all of our citizens.”
GA airports contribute more than $694 million annually to the state’s economy.
EAA CEO and Chairman and Jack J. Pelton thanked Gov. Walker for his proclamation by saying, “General aviation strengthens communities, engages and inspires youth, and serves as a pastime for many Americans. Every year, visitor spending from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh generates nearly $110 million in economic impact.”