WHEREAS, the City of Sterling in the state of Colorado has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aircraft manufacturing, aviation educational intuitions, aviation organizations and community airports; and
WHEREAS, general aviation and the Sterling Municipal Airport have an immense economic impact on the City of Sterling; and
WHEREAS, Colorado is home to 61 public-use general aviation airports, which serve 17,435 pilots and 5,412 active general aviation aircraft; and
WHEREAS, Colorado is home to 70 fixed-based operators, 71 repair stations, 447 heliports, nine FAA-approved pilot schools, 2,817 flight students and 3,528 flight instructors; and
WHEREAS, general aviation in Colorado contributes over $2.4 billion to the state’s economy; and
WHEREAS, general aviation not only supports Colorado’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, Dan Torres, Jr., Mayor of the City of Sterling, do hereby proclaim general aviation a vital strategic resource to the City of Sterling and declare June 2016 to be
GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH
in the City of Sterling, Colorado.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the seal of the City of Sterling.
Dated this 14th day of June 2016.