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SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) recognized California Aerospace and Aviation Days with a Member’s Resolution to several guests who are leaders in the industry. As Chair of the California State Aviation Caucus, Senator Fuller has taken her passion for flying to the State Capitol and is sharing it with other enthusiasts.
Throughout this week, various events are scheduled to take place in Sacramento. Events will conclude on Wednesday when the landscape on the west steps will feature interactive displays and informational presentations for aerospace and aviation enthusiasts.
Here are excerpts of Senator Fuller’s floor speech:
“When you think of California, aviation may not be the first industry that comes to mind. After all, California is well known for our agriculture, entertainment, and the innovations of Silicon Valley.
“With our clear skies and open spaces, for the last hundred years California’s impact on the growth and success of aviation and aerospace is unquestioned.
“California is the birthplace of the household names of aviation. Our rich legacy includes Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis and Edwards Air Force Base where the Right Stuff was literally put to the test at Rogers Dry Lake.
“I am also proud to say that my district is the leader in the space exploration: We have the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Virgin Galactic, and Mojave Air and Spaceport.
The aviation and aerospace industry is deeply embedded in California’s DNA, and the legacy continues.
“The total economic impact of aviation just in California totals nearly 169 billion dollars per year.
“The aviation and aerospace industry accounts for 1.2 million jobs in the Golden State.
“That is 46 and a half billion in payroll coming into California’s economy.
“There are 22 military airfields in California, and 673 state-permitted aviation facilities. Each year, 200 million passenger trips begin or end at California’s commercial airports.
“Aviation and aerospace represent so many educational and career opportunities. Those billions in economic activity represent solid, well-paying jobs in avionics, engineering, jobs for pilots, for sales people, for mechanics. The aviation and aerospace industry means jobs and opportunity and a solid reward for students dedicated to these fields.
“These industries deserve our continued support.”