STATE OF ALASKA
Govenor Sean Parnell
WHERAS, aviation in Alaska plays a critical role in the lives of our citizens, businesses and, rural villages across our vast state; and
WHEREA, Alaska has six times as many pilots per capita, and 16 times as many aircraft per capita, as the rest of the United States; and
WHEREAS, Alaska has a significant interes in the continued vitality of the health of aviation, aircraft manufacturing, educational institutions, flight schools, tourism, community airports, and aviation organizations, to name a few; and
WHEREAS, there are 406 public access airports in Alaska, 258 of which are operated by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. These facilities are home to 10,899 general aviation aircraft; and
WHEREAS, Alaska is home to 258 charter flight companies, 53 repair stations, and six flight schools. In addition, there are 50 fixed-base operators in the state. This accounts for more than 9,900 jobs in the aerospace and aviation industries of Alaska.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim March 2010 as:
General Aviation Month
in Alaska, and encourage all citizens to reflect upon the importance of aviation in the lifestyle of all Alaskans.
Date: February 26, 2010
Sean Parnell, Governor who has also authorized the seal of the State of Alaska to be affixed to this proclamation.