The Alliance for Aviation across America held a discussion to highlight commitments and investments made in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the importance of emerging technologies such as advanced air mobility (AAM).
Key points raised by panelists included that SAF is safe and ready for use, the current and future benefits of sustainable and other technologies for communities around the country, and the need for federal and local support to achieve these goals.
Mayor Steve Williams of Huntington, West Virginia, National League of Cities (NLC) Board of Directors, US Conference of Mayors (USCM) Advisory Board, and Member of the Alliance for Aviation Across America Board of Directors, said in a statement in conjunction with the event, “General aviation and our network of airports are a huge economic driver and lifeline for communities around our nation, supporting over a million jobs, $247 billion (€202 billion) in economic impact, including $1.3 billion (€1.1 billion) in economic impact in West Virginia alone.
"These investments and the support of leaders at the state and federal level will drive economic growth at a critical time. For example, at our local undergraduate program at Marshall University, educators are training the next generation of aviation professionals and pilots, which will reduce the shortage of aviation professionals and help to grow our future workforce.”
Participants also highlighted the exciting potential and progress of these technologies, as well as the benefits of general aviation in supporting critical services for local communities, which are often left behind by other modes of transportation.
Michael Alaimo, director of environmental and energy affairs at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, added: “On the heels of this unprecedented global pandemic and with thousands of businesses and virtually every industry and supply chain in our country reliant on aviation and general aviation, now is the time to invest in this critical part of our infrastructure. This will not only help businesses to maintain and increase their efficiency and productivity, but ensure access to over 5,000 airports, including 211 general aviation airports in Michigan that support more than 33,000 jobs.
"Here in Michigan, companies like AvFuel and Williams International are expanding the use of SAF, while major employers, such as the automotive industry, are making investments in AAM. We should support these investments at both the state and national level.”
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