Proclamations & Resolutions
Big Rapids, MI 2016
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  • PROCLAMATION DECLARING GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH

    WHEREAS, the City of Big Rapids in the state of Michigan has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aircraft manufacturing, aviation educational institutions, aviation organizations and community airports; and

    WHEREAS, general aviation and the Roben-Hood Airport have an immense economic impact on the City of Big Rapids; and

    WHEREAS, Michigan is home to 215 public-use general aviation airports, which serve 14,112 pilots and 5,663 active general aviation aircraft; and

    WHEREAS, Michigan is home to 121 fixed-base operators, 97 repair stations, 489 heliports, 7 FAA-approved pilot schools, 2,480 flight students and 2,445 flight instructors; and

    WHEREAS, general aviation in Michigan contributes over $4 billion to the state’s total economic output; and

    WHEREAS, general aviation not only supports Michigan’s economy, it improves overall quality of life by supporting emergency medical and healthcare services, law enforcement, firefighting and disaster relief, and by transporting business travelers to their destinations quickly and safely; and

    WHEREAS, the nation’s aviation infrastructure represents an important public benefit, and Congressional oversight should be in place to ensure stable funding of this system;

    NOW THEREFORE, I, Mark Warba, Mayor of the City of Big Rapids, do hereby proclaim general aviation a vital strategic resource to the City of Big Rapids and declare September as

    General Aviation Appreciation Month

    And urge all citizens of Big Rapids to recognize the vital strategic resource and economic boon that General Aviation provides to Big Rapids and to our community.

    Mark J. Warba, Mayor

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