Whereas, the City of Hot Springs in the state of Arkansas 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 Memorial Field Airport have an immense economic impact on Hot Springs; and
Whereas, according to the FAA, Arkansas has 91 public-use airports, which serve 5,048 pilots and 3,053 active general aviation aircraft; and
Whereas, according to the Arkansas State Airport System Plan, more than 77 percent of all annual aircraft operations in the state are attributable to general aviation; and
Whereas, general aviation not only supports Arkansas’ 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; and
Now, Therefore, I, Ruth Carney, Mayor of the City of Hot Springs, do hereby proclaim general aviation a vital strategic resource to the City of Hot Springs and declare November as
GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH
in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
In Witness, Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City to be affixed on this 15th day of November in the year of our Lord, two thousand sixteen.
Ruth Carney, Mayor