Michigan Aviation Month underway

September has been proclaimed Michigan Aviation Month by Gov. Rick Snyder, and more than 20 events across the state, including in Upper Michigan, will highlight aviation’s value. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Office of Aeronautics supports aviation by developing and preserving a safe, high quality statewide air transportation system.

The governor’s proclamation notes that aviation-related activities contribute more than $10 billion annually to Michigan’s economy. The state is home to 235 public use airports, 6,800 registered aircraft, 16,000 licensed pilots, 225 licensed aircraft dealers, 70 licensed flight schools and five aircraft manufacturers.

Aviation events in September include:

–          The Michigan Air Tour, where a group of pilots will fly to airports in Detroit, Marshall, Adrian, Battle Creek, Cadillac and Alpena from Sept. 21 to 23 to highlight each airport’s services and economic importance. The public is invited to learn about general aviation.

–          The Western Michigan University (WMU) College of Aviation fly-in pancake breakfast on Sept. 15 at W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek. This fundraiser supports various student aviation organizations, and includes tours of the WMU College of Aviation.

–          Dreams and Wings Fly Day on Sept. 29 at Dupont Lapeer Airport in Lapeer, where pilots will give rides to children with disabilities.

–          The seventh annual fly-in at Gogebic-Iron County Airport on Sept. 8, which will feature a pancake breakfast and numerous children’s activities.

For a complete list, visit www.michigan.gov/aero/0,4533,7-145–285131–,00.html