Voice of Narrator: Welcome to this KYTC Minute. The Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Aviation hosted Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton and other dignitaries, as they celebrated a new addition to the Eastern Kentucky University Aviation Program.
Voice of Governor Bevin: There's a tremendous need. You all know this fact, I'm sure. But if you don't, I'll tell you. There are three schools that generate the bulk of the pilots right now, coming out of post secondary schools. Embry Riddle's number one. University of North Dakota is number two and Eastern is number three. Why are we number three? I don't like being in third. Even if we're not the largest in size in the immediate future, let's be the best. Let's be the one where every one of our graduates is the one that anyone in the aviation field wants first. This is what I would like to see happen. My vision is that we become a state that is the epicenter for engineering and manufacturing. And as you know the number one contributor to our state's domestic product on an annual basis is parts and components related to the aviation field. That's already! If we are to become indeed that hub of excellence, that center of excellence in North America for this, it only begs to reason that frankly we're going to need a whole lot more of what we already have. A whole lot more of what you're already doing at Eastern.
Voice of Narrator: The Department of Aviation works to provide a safe and secure air transportation system in Kentucky.
Voice of Commissioner Parker: This has been a great year for aviation. The Governor has supported us extensively with additional funding for our General Aviation airports. With much-needed deferred repairs and maintenance. Our goal is to make our system of airports in Kentucky the equal to, or better than any state in the region.
Voice of Narrator: This has been the KYTC Minute from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.