GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH 2016
WHEREAS, The City of Canton in the state of Georgia 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 Cherokee County Airport are important to the economic development of the City of Canton; and
WHEREAS, Georgia is home to 98 public-use general aviation airports, which serve 18,325 pilots and 5,228 active general aviation aircraft; and
WHEREAS, Georgia is home to 97 fixed-base operators, 128 repair stations, 469 heliports, 11 FAA-approved pilot schools, 3,008 flight students and 3,184 flight instructors; and
WHEREAS, General aviation in Georgia contributes over $1.2 billion annually to the state’s economy; and
WHEREAS, General aviation not only supports Georgia’s economy, it improves overall quality of life by supporting emergency medical and healthcare services, law enforcement, firefighting and disaster, 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, Gene Hobgood, Mayor of the City of Canton , do hereby proclaim general aviation a vital strategic resource to the City of Canton and declare June 2016 as GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH.
Proclaimed this 6th day of June, 2016.