Westmoreland County Airport Authority executive director Gabe Monzo has been chosen to lead a statewide industry organization.

Monzo is the new president of the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania and will oversee the organization’s various committees. He served on such committees for over three decades.

Part of his mission as the leader of the 61-year-old nonprofit group is to “show the importance of aviation to government entities,” he said.

He noted that the council was pushing for the passage of state legislation allowing airport land development zones, which would provide an incentive to develop qualifying properties at airports.

“The importance of a strong aviation system has been very evident as we continue the recovery process,” said Monzo, referring to a re-emergence of the sharp decline in the aviation industry triggered last year by the pandemic. of covid-19. “Our intention is to position Pennsylvania as an innovative, adaptable and integral part of this process. “

The State Aviation Council represents airports, fixed base operators, flight schools, business aircraft operators, aerospace manufacturers and suppliers, charter aircraft operators and other organizations. and aviation suppliers.

Monzo served 38 years in the air force, accomplishing all but two of those years in a management capacity.

His public safety background includes his service as a life member of the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Department.

Outside of aviation, his passions are fishing and cooking.

Visit acpfly.com for more information on the Aviation Council and palmerairport.com for more information on the County Airport Authority and its Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity.

Jeff Himler is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter .