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Patterson Declares Aviation Week in Oakland County

Public Date: 9/29/2010 12:00 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications
Phone Number: 248-858-1048
Pontiac, Michigan -- Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has issued a proclamation declaring the week of October 1, 2010 aviation week in Oakland County. The declaration coincides with the 2010 Michigan Air Tour which will take to the skies October 1-3 for aerial views of bridges and lighthouses around Michigan.

The first air tour in Michigan took flight from Pontiac, Michigan, in 1929 when 125 pilots and passengers boarded 42 planes to visit 25 communities around the state. The purpose was to promote commercial aviation and airport construction.

Oakland County operates three airports at no cost to taxpayers. Oakland Southwest Airport in New Hudson, Oakland Troy Airport in Troy and Oakland County International Airport (OCIA) in Waterford, all of which are supported by user fees and other charges to airport users. OCIA, Michigan’s second busiest airport, is designated as a general aviation reliever airport which serves individuals and businesses in Oakland County and the State of Michigan.

In 2011, OCIA will open Michigan's first green terminal which will utilize geothermal heating and harness wind and solar power, among other energy efficiencies. It will be Oakland County’s first LEED-certified building. Other improvements in recent years include the world’s first aesthetically-designed ground run-up enclosure and an extended main runway that now allows aircraft to reach Europe, the west coast, Mexico and Asia without refueling. The airport is a vital component to advancing Oakland County’s status as a destination for companies from around the globe.

To learn more about Oakland County’s airports, go to www.oakgov.com/aviation. Details about the 2010 Michigan Air Tour are found at www.miaviation.org.

For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer, at 248-858-1048.

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