Governor proclaims September as Aviation Appreciation Month

Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation declaring September as Aviation Appreciation Month, the Department of Transportation said in a release Friday.

The proclamation celebrates Kansas’ rich aviation history and recognizes the upcoming inaugural Kansas Aviation Expo, which will be held Sept. 26 and 27 at the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita.

Kansas is one of five aviation clusters in the world, and the Air Capital is often considered the birthplace of general aviation, the release said.

The state’s aviation history began in September 1911 when Albin K. Longren became the first Kansan to fly a Kansas-built aircraft.

On September 25, Jesse R. Romo, acting director of the Department of Transportation’s aviation division, will present the Governor’s proclamation to the Wichita Aero Club at its luncheon, which will feature Selena Shilad, head of the Alliance for Aviation Across America.

The Kansas Aviation Expo will include business sessions on a variety of aviation issues and will feature guest speakers from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Weather Service and  others.