Office of the Mayor
WHEREAS, The City of LaGrange, in the State of Georgia, 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 LaGrange-Callaway Airport have an immense economic impact on LaGrange and Troup County; and
WHEREAS, Georgia is home to 98 public-use airports, which serve 18,325 pilots and 5,228 active general aviation aircraft; and
WHEREAS, Georgia is home to 97 fixed-based operators, 128 repair stations, 469 heliports, 11 FAA-approved pilot schools, 3,008 flight students and 3,184 flight instructors; and
WHEREAS, general aviation in Georgia contributes more than $1.2 billion annually to the State’s economy; and
WHEREAS, general aviation not only supports Georgia’s economy, it improves overall quality of life by supporting emergency medical and healthcare services, law-enforcement, firefighting, and disaster relief and 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, Jim Thornton, Mayor of the City of LaGrange, Georgia, on behalf of the City Council and Staff, do hereby proclaim aviation a vital strategic resource to the City of LaGrange and declare June 2016 as
General Aviation Appreciation Month
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and
caused this seal to be affixed.
June 6, 2016