ESTABLISHING MARCH AS ‘GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH’ IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
WHEREAS, the City of Kansas City 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 Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport have an immense economic impact of the City of Kansas City; and
WHERAS, Missouri is home to 95 fixed-base operators, 55 repair stations, 547 heliports, 6 FAA-approved pilot schools, 1,732 flight 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, Sylvester James, Mayor of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, on behalf of the citizens of this great city and the City Council, do hereby proclaim general aviation a vital strategic resource to the City of Kansas City and declare March as ‘General Aviation Appreciation Month’ in Kansas City, Missouri.
Sylvester “Sly” James Jr., Mayor
City of Kansas City, Missouri