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Wisconsin’s aviation industry lands in the spotlight

July 25, 2013

Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed July 29 to August 4 as Wisconsin Aviation Week. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin (TDA) are teaming up to promote, educate and celebrate the state’s aviation industry.

"Wisconsin’s airport system plays a vital role in the state’s transportation network," said Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb. "It responsibly and effectively meets business, passenger, freight and recreational air transportation needs all around the state." In 2012, nearly 5.5 million people boarded commercial flights in Wisconsin. In addition, more than 107 million pounds of cargo was transported by air last year.

"The aviation industry links our state's residents and workers to larger national and global economies," said Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin Executive Director Craig Thompson. "Businesses recognize the state's aviation network is crucial to remain competitive in today's ever-changing marketplace."

Wisconsin’s aviation system includes more than 730 landing facilities – 133 of which are public-use airports. Approximately 70 percent of general aviation operations are business-related; while the other 30 percent is recreational.

"Public safety is always a top priority," added Secretary Gottlieb. "In 2012, more than $113 million in federal and state funds supported 86 airport improvement projects around Wisconsin."

In addition to the state's commitment to high quality aviation facilities, the industry's workforce is moving Wisconsin forward.

"Wisconsin's aviation industry supports more than 90,000 jobs," Thompson added. "Those jobs generate nearly $7 billion in annual economic activity and $3.5 billion in personal income."

Aviation Week coincides with EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. More than half a million people from more than 60 countries attend the seven-day event at Wittman Regional Airport – celebrating the past, present and future in the world of flight.

NOTE: Governor Walker’s Aviation Week Proclamation is available online. Learn more about Wisconsin aviation by visiting WisDOT’s web site.

For more information, contact:
Brock Bergey, WisDOT communications specialist
(608) 267-3300,

Laurel Cavalluzzo, TDA marketing manager
(608) 663-9867,



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