Leonardtown, MD – In tribute to the aviation industry, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County paused to acknowledge the many accomplishments made in that industry during a proclamation ceremony.

It was back in 1939 when President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed August 19 to be National Aviation Day. The day is observed nationwide each year celebrates the history and development of the aviation industry

“Patuxent River Naval Air Station continues to provide readiness for research, development, testing and evaluation, acquisition, engineering and fleet support to the entire range of manned and unmanned naval aircraft, engines, avionics, aircraft support systems and ship/shore/air operations.” Said Commissioner Mike Hewitt, (District 2). 

St. Mary’s County Regional Airport serves as the base of operations for the Maryland State Police Medevac, Washington Hospital Center MedStar, Civil Air Patrol, Experimental Aircraft Association, Piedmont Flight Center, general aviation and is expanding to include a University of Maryland research and development facility for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

It was also noted that the Young Eagles Rally, held June 6 and June 13, provided 145 local youth with free plane rides. A Young Eagle’s rally, specifically for the youth of St. Mary’s County First Responders, will take place on August 8.

The ceremony took place the prior to the First Responder Drone Symposium in Leonardtown, which highlighted the potential uses of drone technology as a tool for first responders. Drone Technology is seen as a vital component to diversifying the county’s future economy.

Commissioners encouraged citizens to take an interest in and take advantage of opportunities in aviation and aviation – related activities in the county.