STATE OF OREGON
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
WHEREAS: General aviation and community airports play a critical role in the lives of our citizens, as well as in the operation of our cities, counties, businesses, ranches, and farms; and
WHEREAS: The state of Oregon has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aircraft manufacturing, aviation organizations and community airports; and
WHEREAS: There are 97 public use airports and over 360 private airports in the state which are part of the essential national system of airports serving our nation’s 617,000 pilots; and
WHEREAS: There are over 400 aviation related businesses in 78 cities throughout Oregon with an average wage of over $62,395; and
WHEREAS: General aviation airports play a vital role in the State’s response to emergencies and natural disasters including aviation firefighting, medevac, earthquake and tsunami response; and
WHEREAS: Airports in Oregon were responsible for over 12,000 family-wage jobs in 78 cities around the state and over $2 billion in economic impact attributable to the state’s aviation industry.
NOW, THEREFORE: I, John A Kitzhaber, M.D., Governor of the State of Oregon, hereby proclaim October 2013 to be
AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH
in Oregon and encourage all Oregonians to join in observance.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto set my hand and cause the Great Seal of the State of Oregon to be affixed. Done at the Capital in the City of Salem in the State of Oregon on this day, August 22, 2013.
John A. Kitzhaber, M.D., Governor
Kate Brown, Secretary of State