Proclamations & Resolutions
Massachusetts, October 2013
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  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    A Proclamation

    His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

    Whereas:  General aviation and public-use airports playa a critical role in the lives of the Commonwealth’s citizens, businesses, and military, and serves an integral role in its response to emergencies and natural disasters; and

    Whereas:  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a significant interest in the continues vitality of tourism, general aviation, aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, aviation educational institutions, aviation organizations, public-use airports, and airport operators; and

    Whereas:  Massachusetts is home to 39 public use airports, which serve 8,300 active pilots and 2,400 general aviation aircraft; and

    Whereas:  Massachusetts’ public-use airports supports over 124,000 direct/indirect jobs with an economic output of nearly $12 billion dollars annually and the Commonwealth’s general aviation airports accounts for over 4,300 direct/indirect jobs with nearly $444 million in economic activity annually; and

    Whereas:  The Commonwealth is home to 22 aircraft charter companies, 58 aircraft maintenance facilities, and 12 flight schools, as well as 41 fixed-based operators; and

    Whereas:  Organizations like the Massachusetts Airport Management Association, the Alliance for Aviation Across America, National Business Aviation Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and National Air Transportation Association recognize and promote the interests and importance of aviation in Massachusetts and throughout the world; and

    Whereas:  Communities within Massachusetts depend heavily on general aviation and the public-use airports for the continued flow of commerce, tourists, and visitors to our Commonwealth,


    Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 2013, to be,

     General Aviation Month

    And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.


    Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twentieth-fifth day of September, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.


    By His Excellency

    Deval L. Patrick

    Governor of the Commonwealth

    William Francis Galvin

    Secretary of the Commonwealth

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