Dec. 27, 2016

In acknowledgement of the value that general aviation, including business aviation, brings to towns and cities across the U.S., mayors from several cities declared December 2016 General Aviation Appreciation Month.

“The state of Ohio has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, educational institutions and aviation organizations and community airports and airport operators,” the Ohio proclamations read. “Many communities in Ohio depend heavily on general aviation and community airports for the continued flow of commerce, tourists and visitors to our state.”

Ohio is home to 150 public-use general aviation airports, which serve more than 15,000 pilots and 6,300 active general aviation aircraft.

View a proclamation from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. (PDF)

View a proclamation from Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther. (PDF)

View a proclamation from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. (PDF)

View a proclamation from Defiance Mayor Mike McCann. (PDF)

Ocala, FL Mayor Kent Guinn also issued a proclamation this month, noting that “general aviation and Ocala International Airport have an immense economic impact on the city of Ocala.”

The proclamation noted that more than 8.5 percent of Florida’s gross state product results from businesses dependent upon aviation, and numerous leading aviation companies have headquarters or a major presence in Florida.

“Florida’s general aviation/community airports accommodate more than 9 million visitors and business travelers annually, and are home to more than 6 percent of the nation’s entire general aviation fleet.” The proclamation reads.

View the Ocala proclamation. (PDF)