AOPA: In New Mexico, general aviation equals jobs

A general aviation jobs rally in Albuquerque, N.M., brought out a “terrific crowd” that heard business leaders and elected officials describe the industry—as Gov. Susana Martinez put it—as “something worth celebrating, and worth building on.”

AOPA President Craig Fuller attended the event accompanied by Lorraine Howerton, AOPA vice president of legislative affairs, and Yasmina Platt, AOPA Central/Southwest regional manager. The jobs rally was hosted by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and co-sponsored by AOPA and other aviation organizations. Approximately 350 people attended, according to a news report.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry represented the host city at the Aug. 12 event. Among aviation-industry companies represented were Aspen Avionics, Bendix/King by Honeywell, and Eclipse Aerospace.

“We had a terrific crowd at Cutter Aviation here in Albuquerque to hear Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Gov. Susana Martinez speak about the future and importance of GA to the state and the nation,” wrote Fuller in an AOPA Now blog entry. “Here are two elected officials who really understand what general aviation is all about. They recognize that GA provides transportation, recreation, humanitarian relief, business opportunities, and so much more.”

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