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AOPA Supports Relief for Aviation Events

May 28, 2021

AOPA Supports Relief for Aviation Events

A coalition of general aviation organizations, including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), wrote to congressional committee leaders to highlight the reasons why airshows should be given the same consideration as concerts, movie theaters, museums, and other venues in the distribution of federal pandemic relief.

Like many other businesses, airshows nationwide suffered greatly because of COVID-forced cancellations, eliminating the tremendous economic support they provide local communities. The letter, signed by AOPA, the National Business Aviation Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the National Air Transportation Association, and Helicopter Association International, reminded leaders of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the House Committee on Small Business that the more than 300 events held each year attract more than 10 million visitors, provide a combined economic boost of nearly $900 million to cities and towns, and account for more than 20,000 jobs through hundreds of small businesses. The letter asks that airshows be considered by the Small Business Administration in the same manner as other entertainment and live venue events.
   —Please read https://aopa.org/news-and-media/allnews/2021/june/pilot/aopa-action-june-2021 for more on this.