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September Is Aviation Appreciation Month in Kansas!

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As most of you know, Flight Schedule Pro, http://www.flightschedulepro.com, is located in Kansas, the State many consider the birthplace of General Aviation (don't panic - not to be confused with the "First In Flight State").  When people refer to the "Air Capital", they're referring to Wichita, Kansas, one of five aviation "clusters" in the world.  (Coming soon: What defines an "aviation cluster"?)

Recently,  Governor Sam Brownback signed a Proclamation declaring September as Aviation Appreciation Month. The Proclamation celebrates Kansas' wonderful aviation history and promotes the upcoming inaugural Kansas Aviation Expo, http://www.ksaeroeducation.com/KCAExpo.html.  The Expo will be held September 26th and 27th at the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita.

Kansas' aviation history began on September 2, 1911, when Albin K. Longren became the first Kansan to fly a successfully manufactured and flown within the State of Kansas aircraft. The aircraft was a pusher-type biplane, dubbed the "Topeka I".  The plane was powered with a Type A-2 Hall-Scott, eight cylinder, water cooled, 60 HP motor.  Mr. Longren built and flew the airplane without prior experience.

Jesse R. Romo, Acting Director of the Department of Transportations Aviation Division, will present the Governor's Proclamation to the Wichita Aero Club, http://www.wichitaaeroclub.org/,  on September 25th, at its luncheon. Keynote speakers are Selena Shilad, head of the Alliance for Aviation Across America, on September 25th and Scott Ernest, CEO of Cessna,  on September 26th.

The Aviation Expo will include breakout sessions on a variety of aviation issues and will feature guest speakers from AOPA, http://www.aopa.org/, the FAA, http://www.faa.gov/, the National Weather Service, http://www.weather.gov/, and others.

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