WHEREAS, the City of Cook in the State of Minnesota 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 Cook Municipal Airport has immense economic impact on the City of Cook; and
WHEREAS, Minnesota is home to 153, public-use airports, which serves 12, 478 pilots and 4,365 active general aviation aircraft; and
WHEREAS, Minnesota is home to 109 fixed-based operators, 51 repair stations, 522 heliports, 11 FAA-approved pilot schools, 1,933 flight students and 2,500 flight instructors; and
WHEREAS, general aviation in Minnesota contributes over $5.3 billion to the state’s economy annually; and
WHEREAS, general aviation not only supports Minnesota’s economy, it improves overall quality of life by supporting emergency medical and healthcare services, law-enforcement, firefighting, 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.
THEREFORE, I, Harold Johnston, Mayor of Cook, Minnesota, do hereby proclaim general aviation a vital strategic resource to the City of Cook and declared October 2015 to be General Aviation Appreciation Month.
OCTOBER 2015- GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH
in the City of Cook, Minnesota.