Proclamation by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
WHEREAS, West Virginia General Aviation and local airports play a critical role in the lives of our citizens, businesses, communities, and the State of West Virginia; and
WHEREAS, General Aviation in West Virginia contributes over $616 million, or $333 per capita, to the State’s economy; and
WHEREAS, West Virginia has 32 public airports serving more than 2,200 pilots and 1,370 General Aviation Aircrafts; and
WHEREAS, General Aviation benefits West Virginia through corporate, private, charter and air taxi travel; shipping and express air freight services; firefighting; public safety and law enforcement; weather and traffic reporting; and recreation and tourism; and
WHEREAS, with the State’s geography, large numbers of businesses and communities depend on General Aviation aircrafts for access to medical treatment, economic opportunity, and communication; and
WHEREAS, West Virginia has a significant interest in the continued vitality of General Aviation, the aerospace industry, West Virginia airports, aircraft manufacturing and repair stations, and aviation education; and
WHEREAS, West Virginia 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, the use of General Aviation by business 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 2015 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.