What is NVAA? The Nevada Airports Association, a non-profit organization registered with the Nevada Secretary of State, is an association of airport executives, airport policy makers and airport supporters whose mission is to promote and sustain the development of all airports in the State of Nevada. Formerly know as the Nevada Airport Managers Association (NAMA), and formed by a handful of aviation enthusiasts, airport managers, the State of Nevada’s office of aviation planning, and local government elected officials, NAMA was created as a forum for airport managers to exchange ideas, information and personal experience, as well as to promote aviation and educate public officials about how airports benefit their local communities. In 2008, NAMA changed its name to the Nevada Airports Association (NvAA) to encourage the participation of not only airport managers, but also operators and users of Nevada’s 49 public-use airports.
How will license plate proceeds be used? Until 2001, Nevada was the only state in the Union with no state level funding assistance program for aviation related projects. NvAA worked successfully with the Nevada State Legislature to establish a trust fund that provides Nevada’s general aviation airports (excluding Clark County and Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority) with a funding source to provide the required 5% local match for FAA funded grants that pay 95% of an airport improvement project. However, when the trust fund was created, there was no appropriation of money to the fund. NvAA continued to work with the State Legislature to allocate money to the fund, and in 2005, a one-time appropriation of $500,000 was authorized by the Legislature. The revenue generated by sale of the Nevada Aviation specialty license plate is the ONLY on going revenue source for the Nevada Aviation Trust Fund.
How will this benefit Nevada? Since the creation of the Nevada Aviation Trust Fund, the one-time State appropriation of $500,000 has been leveraged by NDOT and local governments into $22,479,151 of capital projects at Nevada’s rural airports. The $500,000 state investment has resulted in an additional 22 million dollars of Federal capital project investment in the State of Nevada. This $22 million of capital projects has a direct and indirect economic impact on our rural communities of over 30 million dollars, for a return on investment ratio of 60:1.
The Bottom Line: Since the Nevada Aviation Trust Fund was created and funded by the Nevada State Legislature in 2005, 21 rural Nevada communities have seen over 22 million dollars invested locally. These same dollars equate to over 30 million dollars of direct and indirect economic benefit to Nevadans, in the form of jobs, material sales, services and community pride. The other important factor to consider is the ability to continue to invest in a key economic engine in our vast state; our state aviation system. Given the current State budget challenges, this specialty plate will allow the Nevada Department of Transportation to continue to support a very important transportation resource within the State of Nevada, the Nevada Airports System.
Please support General Aviation Airports in Nevada through the purchase and renewal of the Nevada Airports Association Specialty License plate, and more importantly, remind your State Senators and Assemblymen of the economic importance of funding the Nevada Aviation Trust Fund.