CITY OF ARLINGTON, WASHINGTON
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, industry, ranches, and farms; and
WHEREAS: The City of Arlington 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: Washington State has 135 public use airports serving 20,028 pilots and 7,585 general aviation aircraft; and
WHEREAS: Public use airports support 248,500 jobs, $15.3 billion in wages, and $50.9 billion in total economic activity; and
WHEREAS: Arlington Municipal Airport has 580 aircraft based at the airport with over 133,000 operations in 2013; and
WHEREAS: General aviation plays a vital role in the State’s response to emergencies and natural disasters; and
WHEREAS: Arlington Municipal Airport played a critical role in the rescue and recovery efforts associated with the March 22, 2015 Oso Landslide; and
WHEREAS: The nation’s aviation infrastructure represents an important, public benefit, and direct, Congressional oversight is necessary to ensure stable funding of this system; and
WHEREAS: Washington is home to 59 charter flight companies, 116 repair stations, and 24 flight schools operating 181 aircraft and providing 360 jobs. In addition, there are 64 fixed-based operators in the state; and
WHEREAS: many communities in Washington depend heavily on general aviation and community airports for the continued flow of commerce, tourists, and visitors to our State; and
THEREFORE: I, Barbara Tolbert, Mayor of Arlington, Washington do hereby proclaim general aviation a vital strategic resource to the City of Arlington, Washington and declare June 2015 to be General Aviation Appreciation Month.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto set my hand this day of June 7, 2015.
Barbara Tolbert, Mayor