WHEREAS, the City of Riverside in the State of California 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 Riverside Municipal Airport have an immense economic impact on the City of Riverside; and
WHEREAS, California is home to 215 public-use general aviation airports, which serve 56,841 FAA certified pilots and 29,211 FAA registered aircraft, and is home to 631 repair stations, 505 heliports, 66 FAA-approved pilot schools, 12,033 flight students and 9,452 flight instructors; and
WHEREAS, general aviation in California contributes over $30.2 billion to the state’s total economic impact; and
WHEREAS, general aviation not only supports California’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, William R. Bailey, III, Mayor of the City of Riverside, do hereby proclaim general aviation a vital strategic resource to the City of Riverside and declare April as
GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH
and on behalf of the City Council, recognize the importance of general aviation and the Riverside Municipal Airport, to our community.
Dated this 1st day of April, 2016.
WILLIAM R. BAILEY, III, Mayor
City of Riverside, California