General Aviation Appreciation Month
Whereas, General Aviation and Community Airports play a vital role in the lives of our citizens, as well as in the operation of our businesses and farms; and
Whereas, the State of Florida 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, Florida is home to 129 general aviation airports, which serve 51,671 pilots and 25,287 general aviation aircraft; and
Whereas, Florida general aviation airports contribute $6 billion or $462 per capita, to the state’s economy, with a payroll of $1.8 billion; and
Whereas, aviation plays a huge role in Florida’s economy, with 54% of Florida jobs being somehow dependent on airports. General aviation plays an integral role in the state with these airports handling nearly 80% of all aircraft operations in Florida; and
Whereas, general aviation plays a vital role in the State’s response to emergencies and natural disasters; and
Whereas, Florida is home to 190 charter flight companies, 517 repair stations and 3 fractional providers, and 74 flight schools operating 858 aircraft and providing 3,500 jobs. In addition, there are 154 fixed-based operators in the state; and
Whereas, many communities in Florida depend heavily on General Aviation and Community Airports for the continued flow of commerce, tourists, and visitors to our state.
Whereas, several leading general aviation companies have facilities in Florida including Piper, Piaggio, Embraer, Rockell Collins, and Avidyne that contribute greatly to the local economy; and
Whereas, Organizations like the Alliance for Aviation Across American, the National Business Aviation Association, the National Association of State Aviation Officials, the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association, National Air Transportation Association, and recognize and promote the interest and importance of aviation in Florida and throughout the world; and,
Now, Therefore, I, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby extend greetings and best wishes to all observing June 2011 as General Aviation Appreciation Month.