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 aircraft; and
WHEREAS, General Aviation benefits West Virginia through corporate, private, charter, and air taxi travel; shipping and express air freight services; firefighting; public safety and law enforcement; weather and traffic reporting; and recreation
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 depend on General Aviation aircrafts for access to medical treatment, economic opportunity, and communication; and
WHEREAS, West Virginia has a 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, 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 world’s 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.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Andy McKenzie, Mayor of the City of Wheeling, do hereby proclaim January 2016 as,
GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH
in the City of Wheeling and encourage all citizens to recognize the vital strategic resource that aviation is in West Virginia.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Wheeling this 11th day of January, 2016.