State of South Carolina
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, with 60 publicly owned airports and 4 military airfields that serve over 10,000 pilots and more than 3,000 general aviation aircraft, South Carolina 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, airports support and assist South Carolina in many ways, including recreational flying, providing a gateway to communities and tourist attractions, accommodating agricultural spraying, supporting air cargo and air freight shipments, helping law enforcement, supporting the military and its operations, providing access in times of emergency, and supporting medical needs and the medical profession; and
Whereas, the Palmetto State is home to 20 charter flight companies, 34 repair stations, 3 flight schools; and
Whereas, aviation plays a vital role in the economy of South Carolina, providing many thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity.
Now, therefore, I, Nikki R. Haley, Governor of the Great State of South Carolina, do hereby proclaim June 2011 as
General Aviation Appreciation Month
Throughout the state and encourage all South Carolinians to recognize general aviation as a vital strategic resource to our state.