State Senator L. Scott Frantz Receives Award for Legislative Support of Aviation Industry

September 23, 2011

Hartford – On Thursday, September 22nd State Senator L. Scott Frantz (R-36) received an award from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) at their annual Aviation Summit.

Senator Frantz and three other members of the Connecticut Legislature – Senator Andrew Maynard (D-18), Representative Timothy Larson (D-11) and Speaker of the House Chris Donovan (D-84) – were recognized for their efforts in speaking out against the costly proposals affecting the aviation industry in Connecticut.

State Senator L. Scott Frantz receives award from AOPA President Craig Fuller – September 22, 2011

State Senator L. Scott Frantz receives award from AOPA President Craig Fuller – September 22, 2011

Senator Frantz commented, “I am very thankful for this award. Protecting such a vital and mobile industry is an issue that quickly stretched across party lines and drew much support. By fighting to maintain lower tax rates, we are actively assuring that this industry can thrive here in our great state.”

AOPA President Craig Fuller presented the awards and thanked Senator Frantz and others for their legislative efforts to ensure that no new taxes were placed on planes or aircraft owners, and for ensuring that current tax exemptions on aviation repair services remain in place.

“Going forward, it is my hope to see aviation expand, and also to see it remain a part of good businesses like United Technologies,” said Senator Frantz. “The more we can support our state’s current, profitable industries, the more our state’s economy and jobs market will grow.”

The 2011 AOPA Aviation Summit, running September 22-24, was held in Hartford. Exhibits and educational information was displayed at the Connecticut Convention Center, and planes and other attractions were on display at Brainard Airport.

The AOPA Foundation, established in 1939, is a non-profit organization that works to improve aviation safety through the Air Safety Institute , preserve community airports, and encourage learning to fly for career and personal benefit; and does so all in the interest of ensuring the future of general aviation in America.