SANTA FE—Come fly with us … and see what’s happening in New Mexico’s skies. Wednesday, Feb. 19, the New Mexico Airport Managers Association, in conjunction with the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division, will host Aviation Day 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the West Wing of the State Capitol.
Dozens of members of New Mexico’s aviation community will be on hand to discuss the impact and importance of aviation in the state. There also will be displays from organizations including the New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Association, Balloon Fiesta, the 58th Special Operations Wing from Kirtland Air Force Base, EMS Services, Recreational Aviation Foundation, Air Care Alliance, United States Forest Service, Civil Air Patrol, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, New Mexico Pilots Association, National Business Aviation Association, Eclipse Aerospace, AerSale, Devore Aviation Corporation, Titan Aerospace, New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division and the New Mexico Airport Managers Association.
New Mexico is home to 59 public-use, public-owned airports and 114 privately owned airstrips. The public use airports have a tremendous impact on New Mexico’s economy. According to the most recent New Mexico Airport System Plan, general aviation accounts for $3.1 billion in economic activity in New Mexico each year and provides over 48,000 jobs in the state.
“Airports play a vital role in the National and State Transportation System by providing jobs and much needed safety services including EMS and firefighting. The public owned airports depend on state and federal funding to build and maintain safe runways, taxiways, and other infrastructure improvements,” said Moriarty Airport Manager Bob Hudson who is president of the New Mexico Airport Managers Association.
The New Mexico Airport Managers Association (NMAMA) has a long established history and is a subsection of the New Mexico Municipal League. NMAMA was organized to aid in the improvement of aviation and airport services to municipalities, to provide educational opportunities to airport managers and other related personnel in the State of New Mexico and to assist the New Mexico Municipal League promote and foster good working relationships with other elected and appointed officials of municipalities within the state. For more information, visit http://nmml.org/subsections/airport-managers/