Published DateGILFORD - Diane Terrill, president of the Granite State Airport Management Association and manager of Laconia Municipal Airport in Gilford, has announced that Gov. Maggie Hassan has proclaimed March as General Aviation Appreciation Month in NH.
The governor's proclamation, signed at the end of February, states that "the State of New Hampshire has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, educational institutions, aviation organizations, community airports, and airport operators."
The proclamation further states that "many communities in New Hampshire depend heavily on general aviation and community airports for the continued flow of commerce, tourists, and visitors to our state."
Terrill, pleased by the governor's proclamation, is highly involved in promoting general aviation on both the local and state level in her roles as an airport manager and the newly-elected president of the Granite State Airport Management Association (GSAMA).
GSAMA is an organization of aviation professionals committed to increasing awareness of the importance of aviation and supporting economic development for the State of New Hampshire. GSAMA serves New Hampshire's aviation needs by enhancing access to the National Airspace System, promoting a support network for all airports in the State, and promoting legislation in support of aviation interests.
GSAMA was named in the governor's proclamation as an organization that continues to "recognize and promote the interests and importance of aviation in New Hampshire and throughout the world."
On the local level, Terrill has been manager of Laconia Municipal Airport since 1999 and oversees its day-to-day operations as well its long-term management. The Lakes Region's general aviation airport, it is situated between the city of Laconia and the town of Gilford.
The airport, built in 1941, serves the needs of pilots flying a wide range of aircraft, from small,
single-engine planes to transatlantic jets. With a $50 million annual impact on the region's economy, it acts as a responsible community partner and environmental steward of the natural resources of the surrounding areas.
There are twenty-four publicly-owned airports as well as 118 registered airports in the state. The public is encouraged to visit airports throughout the state during General Aviation Appreciation Month to find out more about general aviation and the important role it plays in NH.
More information about Laconia Airport in Gilford can be found at: www.laconiaairport.com.
Laconia Municipal Airport in Gilford, shown here in an aerial photo, is one of the state's many general aviation airports. Gov. Hassan has proclaimed that March is General Aviation Appreciation Month. (Courtesy photo)