Proclamations & Resolutions
Martinsburg, WV 2016
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    WHEREAS, West Virginia General Aviation and local airports play a critical role in the lives of our citizens, businesses, communities and the State of West Virginia; and

    WHEREAS, according to the WVDOT Aeronautics Commission, West Virginia is home to 17 General Aviation Airports. According to the FAA, West Virginia airports support 1,806 pilots and 855 active general aviation aircrafts; and

    WHEREAS, General Aviation benefits West Virginia through corporate, private, charter and air taxi travel; shipping and express freight services; firefighting; public safety and law enforcement; weather and traffic reporting; and recreation and tourism; and

    WHEREAS, General Aviation plays a vital role in the State’s response to natural disasters, medical emergencies, search and rescue operations and a wide range of critical resources; and

    WHEREAS, with the State’s geography, large numbers of businesses and communities depends on General Aviation aircrafts for access to medical treatment, economic opportunity and communication; and

    WHEREAS, West Virginia has significant interest in the continued vitality of General Aviation, the aerospace industry, West Virginia airports, aircraft manufacturing and repair stations, and aviation education; and

    WHEREAS, General Aviation in West Virginia provides access for businesses and tourists to isolated areas, enabling businesses to remain part of the nation’s Air Transportation System and connected to the global marketplace; and

    WHEREAS, the use of General Aviation by businesses and farms in West Virginia is directly tied to the future growth and prosperity of the State; 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 BE IT RESOLVED, that I, George Karos, Mayor of Martinsburg in the State of West Virginia hereby proclaim January 2016 as:


    in the City of Martinsburg and encourage all citizens to recognize the vital strategic resource that aviation is in West Virginia.

    Signed this 14th day of January, 2016

    Mayor George Karos

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