CITY OF COLVILLE
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 state of Washington 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, $15.2 billion in wages, and $50.9 billion in total economic activity; and
WHEREAS, general aviation plays a vital role in the State’s response to emergencies and natural disasters; 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-baed operators in the state; and
WHEREAS, many communities in Washington depend heavily on general aviation and community airports fore the continued flow of commerce, tourists and visitors to our State.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Deborah Rarrick, Mayor of the City of Colville, do hereby proclaim August, 2014 as
GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH
in the City of Colville and I urge all citizens to recognize general aviation as a vital strategic resource to the State of Washington.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Colville to be affixed this 29th day of July, 2014.
Deborah Rarrick, Mayor