WHEREAS, the City of Columbia in the State of Missouri 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 Columbia Regional Airport have an immense economic impact on the City of Columbia; and
WHEREAS, Missouri is home to 115 public-use general aviation airports which serve 9,87 pilots and 3, 953 active general aviation aircraft; and
WHEREAS, Missouri is home to 95 fixed-base operators, 55 repair stations, 547 heliports, 6 FAA-approved flights students and 1,610 flight instructors; and
WHEREAS, general aviation airports in Missouri support an economic impact of over $857 million annually; and
WHEREAS, general aviation not only supports Missouri’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, Robert McDavid, Mayor of the City of Columbia, Missouri, do hereby proclaim April, 2016 as
GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH
in the City of Columbia, Missouri.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed hereto the seal of the City of Columbia, this 5th day of April, 2016.
Robert McDavid, Mayor