STATE of MINNESOTA
WHEREAS: Minnesota is home to 155 commercial and general aviation airports, serving 13,529 pilots and 7,806 general aviation aircraft; and
WHEREAS: Minnesota has 31 charter flight companies, 55 repair stations, 13 flight schools, 102 Fixed-Based operators, and innovative aircraft manufacturing companies that support our nation’s positive trade balance and provide good paying jobs for our citizens; and
WHEREAS: General aviation plays a vital role in the State’s response to emergencies and natural disasters; and
WHEREAS: Many communities in Minnesota depend greatly on General Aviation for the continued flow of tourism and commerce to our State; and
WHEREAS: General aviation is an important economic engine for the State and local communities with airports.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, TIM PAWLENTY, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2010, to be:
GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH
in the State of Minnesota.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Minnesota to be affixed at State Capitol this 11th day of October in the year of our the Lord two thousand and ten, and of the State the one hundred fifty-second.