GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH
WHEREAS, general aviation and community airports play a critical role in the lives of our citizen, as well as in the operation of our businesses and agriculture; and
WHEREAS, the State of Florida has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, educational institutions, aviation organizations, community airports, and airport operators; and
WHEREAS, there ar 129 public-use airports in the state, serving 51,671 pilots and 25,328 general aviation aircraft and representing nearly 80 percent of all aircraft operations in the state; and
WHEREAS, the aviation industry in Florida supports over one million jobs with an annual payroll of over $30 billion, and general aviation airports support over 54,000 jobs with an anula paroll of $1.8 billion, and an economic benefit of $6 billion; and
WHEREAS, Florida is home to 190 charter flight companies, 509 repair stations, three fractional providers, and 73 flight schools operating 858 aircraft and providing 3,500 jobs, an in addition, there are 154 fixed-based operators in the state; and
WHEREAS, many communities in Florida depend heavily upon general aviation and community airports for the continued flow of commerce and tourism; and
WHEREAS, several leading general aviation companies have headquarters or a major presence in Florida, including renowned companies such as Piper, Piaggo, Embraer, Rockwell Collins, and Avidyne, that contribute many millions of dolars to the state’s economy; and
WHEREAS, organizations like the Florida Airports Council, Florida Aviation Trades Association, Florida Aviation Aerospace Alliance, the Alliance for Aviation Acros America, National Business Aviation Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials, Aircraft Owner’s and Pilot’ Association, and National Air Transportation Association recognize and promote the interests and importance of aviation in Florida and throughout the world;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby extend greetings and best wishes to all observing April 2013 as General Aviation Appreciation Month.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Floria to be affixed at Tallahassee, the Capital, this 8th day of March, in the year two thousand thirteen.