State of Colorado
WHEREAS, General Aviation and Community Airports play an important role in the lives of Coloradans, as well as in the operations of our businesses and farms; and
WHEREAS, the State of Colorado has a significant interest in the continued vitality of General Aviation, Aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, educational institutions and aviation organizations and community airports and airport operators; and
WHEREAS, Colorado is home to 76 airports, which serve 17,819 pilots and 5,483 general aviation aircrafts; and
WHEREAS, Colorado general aviation airports contribute $2.1 billion or $479 per capita, to the state’s economy yearly and General Aviation plays a vital role in the state’s response to emergencies and natural disasters; and
WHEREAS, General Aviation sustains 22,650 jobs and a payroll of nearly $750 million, and these figures increase substantially when factoring in general aviation jobs at commercial-service airports across the state; and
WHEREAS, Colorado is home to 40 charter flight companies, 69 repair stations, and 15 flight schools operating 141 aircraft and providing 212 jobs; and
WHEREAS, many communities in Colorado depend heavily on General Aviation and Community Airports for the continued flow of commerce, tourists and visitors to our state;
Therefore, I, John W. Hickenlooper, Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim June, 2014,
GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH
in the State of Colorado.
GIVEN under my hand and the Executive Seal of the State of Colorado, this first day of June, 2014.
John W. Hickenlooper