This month, four mayors from across the country are highlighting the value general aviation, including business aviation, brings to their communities. To date, hundreds of local officials – from big cities and small towns from coast to coast – have issued similar proclamations.
“General aviation plays a critical role in the lives of our citizens, as well as in the operation of our business and agriculture,” noted Mayor Lauren Poe. “Florida’s general aviation and community airports accommodate more than 9 million visitors and business travelers annually.”
“General aviation and the McKellar – Sipes Regional Airport have an immense economic impact on Jackson,” wrote Mayor Jerry Gist. “General aviation not only supports Tennessee’s economy, it improves overall quality of life.”
Tennessee serves more than 12,000 pilots and is home to more than 4,000 general aviation aircraft.
“The city of Jacksonville, in the state of Illinois, has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aircraft manufacturing, aviation educational institutions, aviation organizations and community airports,” said Mayor Andy Ezard. “General aviation and the Jacksonville Municipal Airport have an immense economic impact on Illinois.”
“General aviation not only supports Idaho’s economy, it improves overall quality of life by supporting emergency medical and health care services, law enforcement, firefighting and disaster relief, and by transporting business travelers to their destinations quickly and safely,” noted Mayor Jim Kleeburg.