“Big Sky Country” is an appropriate nickname for the western state of Montana. It is the largest landlocked state in the United States and the third least populated state in the country. With so much wide open space, towering mountains and sprawling land for ranches and agriculture, the sky does indeed seem bigger here than other states. The western portion of Montana has 77 named mountain ranges that belong to the Northern Rocky Mountains. It also boasts some of the finest trout fishing in the country and has numerous lakes and rivers to meet the needs of those interested in competitive or recreational fishing. Montana is home to Flathead Lake, which is the largest natural freshwater late in the United States.
Tourism is the fastest growing sector of the state’s economy. The abundant natural beauty of the state makes it a favorite place to visit for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Montana has been a destination for “blue-ribbon” trout fishing since the 1930s. It also offers numerous places for fly fishing. Paradise Valley, Gallatin Valley and Flathead Valley attract many visitors for both hiking and fishing. With so much to do outdoors, it’s no wonder that millions of people visit each year in order to experience these national parks:
- Glacier National Park- Lewis Rang is mostly located in this park
- Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
- Yellowstone National Park
Hunting is also a popular pastime for locals and visitors, depending on the season. Elk, moose and pronghorn antelope attract hunters from all over the United States.
Dinosaur hunters are also in luck. The Hell Creek Formation is a major source of dinosaur fossils. Located in Northeast Montana, the Hell Creek Formation was home to the Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops. The fossils were unearthed by paleontologist, Jack Horner.
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is the busiest airport in Montana. It is a popular year-round airport because of its proximity to two Yellowstone National Park entrances, as well as access to the Bridger Bowl Ski area.
The Billings Logan International Airport is located in the state capital of Billings, MT. It also serves visitors flying in to visit Yellowstone National Park. FAA required maintenance is performed at the Billings Airport for commercial and general aviation aircraft.
General aviation is a popular means of travel for many visitors, some choosing to land at smaller, regional airports over larger ones. Helena Regional Airport serves those passengers flying into Montana’s largest city. It is home to one of the state’s FAA-approved flight schools and also has a longstanding relationship with military aviation. Helena Regional Airport has the capability to support the world’s largest military aircraft on its heavy ramp, as well as heliports for helicopter operations.
The state’s residents depend heavily on general aviation and commercial flights. The Essential Air Service program exists to provide eight of the smaller communities with maintained commercial service. This program guarantees community residents access to commercial flight that would otherwise be canceled if the route was deemed unprofitable. This serves as a lifeline for small businesses, without aviation many communities would not be able to interact.
Montana has a lot to offer those interested in the field of aviation- from FAA-approved flight schools to universities with aviation departments, there is something for all interests. Montana State University-Gallatin College in Bozeman and the University of Montana- Helena College have associate’s degrees of Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology. Rocky Mountain College in Billings offers an Aviation Management degree as well as a program in Aeronautical Science.
Montana Airplane Crash Attorneys
Aviation plays a role in the daily lives of Montana residents, and of those visiting the Big Sky State. Air travel connects businesses with their customers, communities, and makes affordable travel easy and convenient. General aviation is responsible for everything from agricultural spraying to medical transportation. Without general aviation, farmers would lose crops and those in urgent need of medical care would not receive it.
The attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger understand just how important aviation is to Montana and its residents. Founded in 1993, the aviation attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger have been successfully fighting for the rights of passengers injured in airplane accidents, and have represented the families of those who lost a loved one in an airplane or helicopter crash. Our attorneys will work with you to give you the compassion and compensation you deserve. If you have been injured in an airplane crash, or experienced the loss of a loved one in a plane crash, call us today at 800-455-8686 for a free case evaluation with one of our aviation lawyers.