STATE OF TENNESSEE
BY 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 businesses and farms; and
WHEREAS, the State of Tennessee 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, Tennessee boast a robust network of 79 public commercial and and general aviation airports, serving more than 12,000 pilots and 4,000 general aviation aircraft; and
WHEREAS, general aviation plays a vital role in the State’s response to emergencies and natural disasters; and
WHEREAS, the nation’s aviation infrastructure represents an important public benefit; and
WHEREAS, Tennessee is home to many charter flight companies, aircraft repair stations, flight training schools, and fixed based operators; and
WHEREAS, many communities in Tennessee depend heavily on General Aviation and Community Airports for the continued flow of commerce, tourists and visitors to our State;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bill Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee, do hereby proclaim the month of March, 2015 as
GENERAL AVIATION MONTH
in Tennessee and encourage all citizens to join me in this worthy observance.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the official seal of the State of Tennessee to be affixed at Nashville on this twenty-seventh day of February, 2015.