GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH 2016
WHEREAS, the City of Grand Haven 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, 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, Geri McCaleb, Mayor of the City of Grand Haven, do hereby proclaim general aviation a vital strategic resource to the City of Grand Haven and declare September as General Aviation Appreciation Month.
Given under my signature and the seal the City of Grand Haven, this 6th day of September, in the year two thousand sixteen.
Geri McCaleb, Mayor