Paul Steinman, FDOT District Seven Secretary, spoke at an event on January 1, 2014 to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the world’s first scheduled airline flight. The pioneering flight that took place on January 1, 1914, launched the birth of the global airline industry. The aviation industry has an economic impact of over $100 billion in Florida and in the United States of more than $1.3 trillion. Florida is fortunate to be served by one of the most comprehensive and progressive airport systems in the country. As Governor Scott focuses on making Florida the best state to live, work and play, the aviation industry will continue to play an important role towards achieving this goal.