A PROCLAMATION FROM THE MAYOR
WHEREAS: General Aviation and Community Airports play a critical role in the lives of our citizens, as well as in the operation of our businesses and farms.
WHEREAS: The City of Pendleton has a significant interest in the continued vitality of General Aviation, Aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, educational institutions and aviation organizations and community airports and airport operators.
WHEREAS: There are 97 public use airports in the state serving 9,761 pilots and 9,390 general aviation aircraft.
WHEREAS: General aviation plays a vital role in the State’s response to emergencies and natural disasters.
WHEREAS: Airports in Oregon were responsible for a direct, indirect and induced total of 197,040 jobs. 35,172 jobs were created directly by the state’s general aviation airports.
WHEREAS: Organizations like Oregon Pilots Association, Columbia Seaplane Pilots Association, Oregon Aviation Cluster, Oregon Airport Managers Association, Recreational Aviation Foundation, Alliance for Aviation Across America, National Business Aviation Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and National Air Transportation Association recognize and promote the interests and importance of aviation in Oregon and throughout the world.
WHEREAS: Many communities in Oregon depend heavily on General Aviation and Community Airports for the continued flow of commerce, tourists and visitors to our State.
WHEREAS: The City of Pendleton is embracing the opportunities the future holds for UAV in Oregon and in Pendleton, with participation in the UAV program affiliation with the State of Alaska.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Phillip W. Houk, Mayor of the City of Pendleton, do hereby proclaim General Aviation a vital strategic resource to the City of Pendleton and declare February to be General Aviation Appreciation Month in the City of Pendleton, County of Umatilla, Oregon.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 10th day of February in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Fourteen, and caused the seal of the City of Pendleton to be affixed.
Phillip W. Houk