State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
General Aviation Appreciation Month
WHEREAS, general aviation and community airports play a critical role in the lives of our citizens, as well as in the operation of our businesses and farms; and
WHEREAS, the State of Rhode Island 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, general aviation is vital to many non-aviation businesses in Rhode Island, which use the system to move personnel, equipment and products; and
WHEREAS, general aviation plays a vital role in the state’s response to emergencies and natural disasters; and
WHEREAS, there are 7 airports in the state, 5 of which are general aviation facilities; and
WHEREAS, according to a report released by the Rhode Island Airport Corporation in 2006, Rhode Island airports supported 14,167 jobs in the state, and Rhode Island’s general aviation airports supported over 1,461 of those jobs; and
WHERAS, Rhode Island is home to approximately 5 charter flight companies, 9 repair stations, 4 flight schools, 1 helicopter tour operator, 1 skydiving operator, 6 fixed-based operators and 457 general aviation aircraft; and
WHEREAS, general aviation in Rhode Island contributes approximately $465 million, or $460 per capita, to the state’s economy; and
WHEREAS, organizations like the Rhode Island Business Aviation Association, Rhode Island Pilot’s Association, Westerly Airport Association, Alliance for Aviation Across America, the National Business Aviation Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials and National Air Transportation Association recognize and promote the interest and importance of aviation in Rhode Island and throughout the world; and
WHEREAS, many communities in Rhode Island depend heavily on general aviation and community airports for the continued flow of commerce, tourists and visitors to our state; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Lincoln D. Chafee, Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, do hereby proclaim November, 2014 as General Aviation Appreciation Month in the State of Rhode Island and call on all citizens to join me in recognizing the importance of this month.
Given under my hand and the great seal of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, this 19th day of November, 2014.
Lincoln D. Chafee