The 2017 Aviation Day at the Capitol will be held on April 26th
We will meet at 9 AM for breakfast in the L'Étoile du Nord Room, (aka “The Vault”), which is in the basement.
Registration information is located below
Thank you to our partners in this event, MCOA and MATA!
The cost to attend this event is $40 per person; this includes breakfast and lunch, as well as a shirt for each attendee.
The shirts are new this year, so please make your selection when registering.
Not sure who your Representatives are? Please visit the link below, enter your home address, and input the names of your MN Senate and MN House representatives with your registration
For additional information, please contact Gordon Hoff at GordonHoff@icloud.com
If you prefer to print and mail in your registration, please click HERE for a printable form.
Minnesota Aviation Day at the Capitol Talking Points
It is important that the State Airport system is adequately funded
Airports connect Minnesota Communities to national and global markets.
Adequate facilities to allow pilots to safely land during inclement weather.
Meet minimum safe pavement conditions on runways and parallel taxiways.
Weather reporting information that is current and accessible to pilots. ?
Up-to-date navigational systems. Support proposed changes to Minnesota airport zoning statutes
Improves integration of airport zoning with municipal/county planning and zoning process.
Provides flexibility to communities to enact a custom approach to zoning.
Assists communities with economic development opportunities while meeting safety standards. Revenue sources of the State Airports Fund
The State Airports Fund is totally user fee generated – no State general fund monies are included. ? Aircraft Registration Tax – assessed on business and recreational aircraft.
Flight Property Tax – assessed on commercial air carriers (passenger & cargo).
Fuel Tax – assessed on aviation gas and jet fuel. Economic Impact of Aviation in Minnesota (2009 data) Contributes more than $12.1 Billion to the State economy.
Provided nearly 165,000 jobs – generated over $6.4 Billion in labor income. Medium and Small Minnesota Airports are Important
Local businesses better able to compete in national and global markets.
Air Medical – time saves lives.
Aerial fire fighting – protect forest industry – State and National parks.
Aerial applicators – seeding, spraying, crop inspection.
Aerial inspection of pipelines and transmission lines.
NOTE: Pilots rank Minnesota’s airports and navigational aids among the best in the country
What we want Legislators to know about Business/General Aviation: