By Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
Whereas: General aviation and West Virginias airports play a critical role in the lives of our citizens, businesses, communities and the State of West Virginia; and
Whereas: West Virginia has 32 public airports serving more than 2,200 pilots and 1,370 General Aviation Aircraft; and
Whereas: General Aviation in West Virginia contributes $616 million, or $333 per capita to the State’s economy; and
Whereas: direct and indirect jobs attributed to the State’s aerospace industry total about 3,200, providing a direct wage and benefit impact of about $46 million; and
Whereas: West Virginia’s airports provide access for businesses and tourists to isolated areas, enabling businesses to remain part of the Nation’s air transportation system and connected to the world’s global marketplace; and
Whereas: given our State’s geography, a great many businesses and communities depend upon General Aviation aircraft and small aircraft of all types for access to medical treatment, mobility, economic opportunity, disaster relief and a wide range of critical resources; and
Whereas: use of General Aviation by businesses and farms in West Virginia is directly tied to the future growth and prosperity of the State.
Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved that I, Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor of the Great State of West Virginia, do hereby proclaim October 2013 as:
General Aviation Appreciation Month
In the Mountain State and encourage all citizens to recognize the vital strategic resource that aviation is in West Virginia
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of West Virginia to be affixed.
Done at the Capitol, City of Charleston, State of West Virginia, this is the Sixteenth day of September, in the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Thirteen, and in the One Hundred Fifty-first year of the State
Earl Ray Tomblin
Natalie E. Tennant
Secretary of State