May 16, 2019

General aviation, including business aviation, is a vital contributor to the economy in every state, and in May, the governors of Alaska, Nebraska and Pennsylvania and several mayors across the country, officially recognized the industry for the important role it plays. Every state, in addition to hundreds of communities throughout the United States, have highlighted general aviation over the years for its contributions to the success of companies and citizens around the country.


“Alaska has a significant interest in the continued vitality of aviation, aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, flight education and aviation organizations, and general aviation across our great state because it connects us with the rest of the world and provides us with needed supplies,” Gov. Michael Dunleavy wrote in his proclamation.

Eighty-two percent of Alaska’s communities are inaccessible by road and rely heavily on aviation to provide all-season access for commerce, transportation, emergency medical services, shipment of goods and tourism.


According to Gov. Pete Ricketts, “General aviation in Nebraska has an economic output of $1.2 billion annually and supports 7,900 jobs.”

Nebraska is home to 2,542 general aviation aircraft, 80 public-use airports, 70 fixed-base operators,13 repair stations and four FAA-approved pilot schools.

The following proclamations also were issued in Nebraska:


“General aviation not only supports Pennsylvania’s economy, it improved overall quality of life by supporting emergency medical and healthcare services, law enforcement, firefighting and disaster relief,” Gov. Tom Wolf wrote in his proclamation.

General aviation airports in Pennsylvania contribute more than $1.3 billion in economic impact annually. The state is home to 127 public airports, serving more than 15,000 pilots and 6,000 registered aircraft.

The following proclamation was also issued in Pennsylvania:

The following proclamations also were issued in May: