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Minnesota Business Aviation Association

Aviation Day at the Capitol

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

2017 Aviation Day Registration with Shirt
Choose your Shirt Size
Choose your Aviation Association Affiliation
Name(s) of Attendees:
Your MN Representatives:

If you have any questions about registration for Av Day or need to send more info about your attendance, PLEASE send us an email HERE (

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

Pre-registration is not required, but is appreciated. You may walk in on the day of the event but please note that the cost will increase to $40 a person after April 14th.

Held on April 26th, we will meet in the newly renovated Capitol building in the L'Étoile du Nord Room, (aka “The Vault”), which is in the basement, for breakfast at 9 AM 

For additional information, please contact Gordon Hoff at



 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: 

Minnesota Airports and Navigational Aids are totally user fee supported – zero dollars from the State General Fund.
Why companies and individuals own and operate aircraft. Minnesota Statutes impact how Minnesota is viewed for aircraft manufacturing and for companies and individuals to base an airplane in Minnesota. The changes enacted in 2013 have increased business aviation activity and in 2016 generated an additional $10.5 million revenue for the State Airports Fund.
The number of Minnesota airports with commercial air service (9) and the number of airports used by business and recreational aircraft (128).
The economic and social benefits of their local airport that makes their community a better place to live. Will vary with the district they live in.
How Minnesota airports and navigational aids compare to the other 49 states and especially our 4 neighboring states. Personal experience will tell the story.
The companies and individuals that operate business aircraft in their district. This will depend upon who their legislative district. Some will have several airports and some may have only one and a few, especially in the metro area will have none.
However, they may work for a company that has a flight department or charters aircraft.



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