Massachusetts Airport Managers Look Outward as They Chart the Future of Aviation

Photo above – State Senator John C. Velis addresses the delegates at the 2022 MAMA Annual Conference.

More than 130 delegates to the Massachusetts Airport Management Annual Conference addressed a wide range of topics as the organization celebrated its 50th Anniversary at the MGM Hotel in Springfield, MA (Oct 23-25).

Airport Managers, consultants, service providers and officials from the FAA Regional office and the MassDOT Aeronautics Division focused on topics ranging from modernizing airport electrical capacity, preparing for a future without 100LL avgas, improving workforce development and funding opportunities from the Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Legislation.

A major emphasis was placed on ways to educate legislators and local, regional and federal officials about the role that an airport plays not just on that local community, but the national airport system.

State Senator John C. Velis, Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Aviation Caucus made it clear the caucus is aware of aviation in the Commonwealth. He told delegates, “As Co-Chair of the Legislature’s Aviation Caucus, it is fantastic to join MAMA at your 2022 conference. Our airports bring enormous benefits to our Commonwealth’s economy and workforce and allow Massachusetts to remain connected to so many other regions and opportunities. I am grateful to have participated in this important discussion on how elected officials can best work together with airports and commissioners to advance our Commonwealth’s aviation industry.” He went on to say that it was critical that airports invite local officials out to see all the economic and social value that airports provide. Co-Chair of the Legislature’s Aviation Caucus is Representative Natalie Blais.

The Massachusetts Airport Management Association (MAMA) is a non-profit membership-based trade organization that promotes the economic and educational benefits of the aviation industry and provides scholarship support to aviation management students. MAMA members include the public use airports, engineering consultants, and service providers.