Jan. 22, 2020

In January, five mayors around the country issued proclamations highlighting general aviation, including business aviation, as being a vital contributor to the economies in their cities. To date, hundreds of local and state officials have made similar statements about the importance of the industry.

Four Arizona mayors issued proclamations, with each citing their local airport as having an immense economic impact on their city or town, Overall, general aviation in Arizona generates an estimated $609 million in economic activity.

Arizona is home to 78 general aviation airports, which serve 20,515 pilots and 7,663 registered aircraft.

“General aviation not only supports Arizona’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,” the proclamations read.

View a proclamation from Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke. (PDF)

View a proclamation from Coolidge Mayor Jon Thompson. (PDF)

View a proclamation from the Marana mayor and town council. (PDF)

View a proclamation from Scottsdale Mayor W. J. “Jim” Lane (PDF)

Also this month, Bay St. Louis, MS Mayor Michael Favre issued a proclamation in support of the industry. Mississippi is home by 65 public-use airports, which serve 4,452 pilots and 2,511 active general aviation aircraft.

General aviation in Mississippi contributes more than $488 million to the state’s economy each year.

View the Bay St. Louis proclamation. (PDF)