Oct. 24, 2017

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice proclaimed October 2017 General Aviation Appreciate Month in recognition of the benefits the industry brings to towns and cities across the state.

“With the state’s geography, a large number of businesses and communities depend on general aviation aircraft for access to medical treatment, economic opportunity and communication,” the governor wrote. ‘West Virginia airports provide 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.”

West Virginia is home to 17 general aviation airports, serving more than 1,675 pilots and 1,021 active general aviation aircraft. General aviation supports 5,300 jobs in the state, resulting in $256 million in labor income. Additionally, general aviation contributes more than $1 billion to the state’s total economic output annually.

“The use of general aviation by businesses and farms in West Virginia is directly tied to the future growth and prosperity of the state,” Justice wrote.

View the West Virginia proclamation. (PDF)

In addition to a state proclamation, mayors from many West Virginia towns and cities issued their own proclamations:

View the Charleston proclamation from Mayor Danny Jones. (PDF)
View the Clarksburg proclamation from Mayor Catherine Goings. (PDF)
View the Elkins proclamation from Mayor Van Broughton. (PDF)
View the Lewisburg proclamation from Mayor John Manchester. (PDF)
View the Morgantown proclamation from Mayor William Kawecki. (PDF)

Proclamation also were issued this month by the following Idaho mayors:

View the Coeur d’Alene proclamation from Mayor Steve Widmyer. (PDF)
View the Nampa proclamation from Mayor Robert Henry. (PDF)