Regional Aviation Proclamations

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Many state and local governments have issued proclamations heralding the value of business and general aviation. Business aviation plays a critical role in driving economic growth, jobs and investment across the U.S, and serves as an economic lifeline for thousands of communities.

Review recent proclamations below, or review the list of proclamations by state.

Recent Regional Aviation Proclamations

Governors of Florida, Missouri Proclaim Importance of General Aviation

April 14, 2014
Governors in Florida and Missouri have recently reaffirmed their states' ongoing commitment to general aviation (GA). In separate proclamations, Missouri Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon and Florida Gov. Rick Scott highlighted the importance of GA to job creation, economic activity and community connectivity in their states. "We are grateful for these proclamations recognizing the value of all general aviation, including business aviation," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. To date, 49 states have officially recognized the value of the industry through proclamations. Read more about these important affirmations in Missouri and Florida of the industry's value.

ND, NH Governors' Proclamations Reaffirm Support for Business Aviation

March 20, 2014
Gov. Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota and Gov. Margaret Wood Hassan of New Hampshire both issued proclamations this month reaffirming their support for general aviation, including business aviation. Each proclamation contains several of the values detailed in the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign. To date, 49 states have officially recognized the value of GA and business aviation, with all proclamations including at least some of the basic tenets of the No Plane No Gain campaign, which was launched in early 2009. Read more about the proclamations.

Ohio Governor Proclaims GA Appreciation Month

Nov. 21, 2013
Gov. John Kasich has declared December 2013 as General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month in Ohio, which is widely known as the "Birthplace of Aviation." This is the third consecutive year Kasich has issued such formal recognition of the vital role of general aviation, including business aviation, in the state. Former Gov. Ted Strickland issued a similar declaration in 2010. In his proclamation, Kasich recognized the employment impact of all 98 of Ohio's GA-only airports, with 17,352 jobs paying a total of $287.3 million annually. Read more about GA in Ohio.

Texas Governor Declares November Aviation Appreciation Month

Oct. 29, 2013
Govs. Deval L. Patrick of Massachusetts and Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia both issued proclamations this month reaffirming their appreciation of general aviation (GA) and naming October as the month to celebrate the industry in their respective states. Nearly all U.S. states have officially recognized the value of GA, including business aviation, with all proclamations including at least some of the basic tenets of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, which was launched in 2009 and is sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Read more about GA in Massachusetts and West Virginia.

Massachusetts, West Virginia Reaffirm Appreciation for General Aviation

Oct. 3, 2013
Govs. Deval L. Patrick of Massachusetts and Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia both issued proclamations this month reaffirming their appreciation of general aviation (GA) and naming October as the month to celebrate the industry in their respective states. Nearly all U.S. states have officially recognized the value of GA, including business aviation, with all proclamations including at least some of the basic tenets of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, which was launched in 2009 and is sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Read more about GA in Massachusetts and West Virginia.

Kansas Proclaims "Aviation Appreciation Month," Kicks Off First Aviation Expo

Sept. 4, 2013
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has proclaimed September "Aviation Appreciation Month" in the Sunflower State, kicking off celebrations that will culminate with a first-ever Kansas Aviation Expo on Sept. 26 and 27. "[Aviation] is the second largest contributor to the Kansas economy, and contributes more aircraft to the world economy than anywhere else," Brownback said in the proclamation. The governor also noted that Kansas is home to many large and small aviation-related businesses that keep skilled Kansas workers employed. Learn more about aviation in Kansas.

Mayors Support Arkansas Governor's Proclamation Supporting General Aviation

August 29, 2013
Mayors of three Arkansas cities with small community airports have supported Gov. Mike Beebe's proclamation of General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month in August 2013 by releasing their own proclamations. Mayor Rick Elumbaugh of Batesville, Mayor Bob McCaslin of Bentonville and Mayor Stewart Nelson of Morrilton, all issued official statements of their own, affirming the value of general aviation – including business aviation – in their communities. Batesville, Bentonville and Morrilton all have GA airports within two miles of their cities' central business districts and together handle more than 65,000 takeoffs and landings a year. Read more about GA in Arkansas.

South Carolina Proclaims Aviation Week in August

August 14, 2013
Citing the importance of general aviation (GA), including business aviation, as well as the value of community airports used by GA aircraft in her state, Gov. Nikki Haley has proclaimed Aug. 19 to 23, 2013, as South Carolina Aviation Week. “Aviation plays a vital role in the economy of South Carolina, providing many thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity,” Haley said in her proclamation. “And [I] encourage all South Carolinians to recognize general aviation as a vital strategic resource to our state.” The state had previously recognized the value of GA in 2011 and 2012. Read more about GA in South Carolina.

Wisconsin, Arkansas Hail Contributions of General Aviation

August 5, 2013
During a personal appearance last week at EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proclaimed July 29 through Aug. 4, 2013, Aviation Week in the Badger State. That announcement came the same day as a proclamation from Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, officially making August 2013 General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month in his state. Nearly all U.S. states have officially recognized the value of GA, including business aviation, with all proclamations including at least some of the basic tenets of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, which is sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Read more about GA in Wisconsin and Arkansas.

July is GA Appreciation Month in Colorado

July 10, 2013
For the third consecutive year, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has proclaimed the value of general aviation (GA) in the Centennial State, naming July 2013 as General Aviation Appreciation Month. "General aviation and community airports play a critical role in the lives of our people, as well as in the operation of our businesses and farms," the governor said in his proclamation, which noted that the state has 76 public use airports, 17,819 pilots and 5,483 GA aircraft. Read more about GA in Colorado.

Five More States Recognize GA in June

June 21, 2013
The governors of Illinois, Idaho, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming have affirmed their appreciation of general aviation (GA), each declaring June 2013 the month for recognizing the contributions of GA, including business aviation, to their states. Officials in Delaware and Nevada released similar proclamations this month. Nearly all U.S. states have officially recognized the value of GA since the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, was launched in 2009. Read more about the latest proclamations.

Bolingbrook, IL Mayor Declares GA 'Critical' to Lives of Residents

June 19, 2013
Bolingbrook, IL Mayor Roger Claar cited general aviation (GA) as "playing a critical role" in the lives of his community's citizens, businesses and community and declared June 2013 "Aviation Appreciation Month." GA, including business aviation, contributes $5.2 million annually to Bolingbrook and its surrounding communities, and supports 132 jobs. An Illinois Department of Transportation study showed the city's GA-only Clow International Airport has a statewide economic impact of $13 million. The village bought the airport in 2004 and plans to widen the existing runway, add a second runway, a taxiway and visual approach slope indicator lights, among other improvements. Learn more about GA in Bolingbrook.

Regional Aviation Proclamations By State

Alabama

October 24, 2012
Alabama Governor Proclaims GA Appreciation Month

Alaska

September 21, 2012
Alaska Celebrates General Aviation Month
March 5, 2010
Proclamation by Alaska Governor Sean Parnell (R) declaring March 2010 “General Aviation Month”

Arizona

January 18, 2013
Arizona Governor Designates Jan. 15 as Aviation Day

Arkansas

August 29, 2013
Mayors Support Arkansas Govenors' Proclamation Supporting General Aviation
August 8, 2013
Wisconsin, Arkansas Hail Contributions of General Aviation

California

March 2013
Mayor John Buckland proclaimed March 2013 as "General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month" in Yuba City, CA.

Colorado

July 10, 2013
July is GA Appreciation Month in Colorado
April 10, 2012
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper declares June 2012 “General Aviation Appreciation Month”
May 6, 2011
Colorado Group: June 2011 to Be Declared ‘General Aviation Appreciation Month'

Connecticut

September 14, 2012
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (D) Proclaims September 2012 as "Aviation Aviation Month"

Delaware

June 5, 2013
Delaware, Nevada Celebrate General Aviation
June 10, 2011
Proclamation by Governor Jack A. Markell declaring July 2011 “General Aviation Appreciation Month”

Florida

April 2013
Proclamation by Governor Rick Scott proclaming June 2011 “General Aviation Appreciation Month”
June 10, 2011
Proclamation by Governor Rick Scott proclaming June 2011 “General Aviation Appreciation Month”

Georgia

November 5, 2010
Proclamation by Governor Sonny Perdue (R) proclaming October 2010 “Aviation Appreciation Month”

Hawaii

March 20, 2013
Hawaii Declares 2013 The Year of General Aviation

Idaho

June 1, 2013
Idaho Governor Proclaims June 2013 General Aviation Appreciation Month
September 15, 2011
Idaho Declares September 'General Aviation Appreciation Month'

Illinois

June 19, 2013
Bolingbrook, IL Mayor Declares GA 'Critical' to Lives of Residents
May 21, 2013
Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois, proclaims June 2013 as General Aviation Appreciation Month

Indiana

March 14, 2012
Indiana Governor Proclaims March 2012 'Aviation Month'

Iowa

December 30, 2011
Iowa Governor Iowa Governor Branstad Declares December 2011 "GA Appreciation Month"

Kansas

Sept. 5, 2013
Kansas Proclaims 'Aviation Appreciation Month,' Kicks Off First Aviation Expo
April 29, 2011
Kansas Summit, Proclamation Highlight Business Aviation's Value

Kentucky

July 29, 2010
Proclamation from Governor Steven Beshear (D) declaring July 2010 “General Aviation Appreciation Month.”

Louisiana

December 13, 2011
Louisiana Governor Declares December 2011 'Aviation Appreciation Month'

Maine

May 3, 2012
Proclamation from Maine’s Governor Paul LePage designating April 2012 as “General Aviation Appreciation Month”

Maryland

September 1, 2010
Proclamation from Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley designating September 2010 as “General Aviation and Community Airport Month”

Massachusetts

October 3, 2013
Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick Reaffirms Appreciation for General Aviation
November 18, 2011
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA) Proclaims November 2011 as "General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month"

Michigan

September 14, 2012
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) Proclaims September 2012 as "Michigan Aviation Month"

Minnesota

October 11, 2010
Proclamation from Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) designating October 2010 as “General Aviation Appreciation Month

Mississippi

May 23, 2011
Mississippi Declares Each May "Aviation Month"

Missouri

April 9, 2013
Missouri Governor Proclaims April GA Appreciation Month
March 27, 2012
Missouri Reaffirms Business Aviation's Value
April 20, 2011
Missouri 21st State to Officially Recognize Business Aviation Value

Montana

November 18, 2010
Letter from Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer (D) recognizing the importance of Montana’s aviation and aerospace industry during November 2010

Nebraska

May 21, 2013
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman recently designated May 2013 as "General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month"
May 18, 2012
Nebraska Governor Reaffirms Value of General Aviation

Nevada

June 5, 2013
Delaware, Nevada Celebrate General Aviation
June 13, 2012
Nevada Proclaims June Aviation Appreciation Month

New Hampshire

March 20, 2014
Proclamation from New Hampshire Governor Margaret Wood Hassan declaring March 2014 as General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month
March 26, 2013
New Hampshire Proclaimed March 2013 as General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month
March 18, 2011
New Hampshire Recognizes General Aviation Value on Local Group's Advocacy Day

New Jersey

May 15, 2013
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared May 2013 General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month.
May 12, 2011
New Jersey Joins Host of States With GA Month Proclamation
August 25, 2010
Proclamation from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie designating September 29, 2010 as “Aviation Awareness Day”

New Mexico

September 26, 2012
New Mexico Once Again Recognizes the Value of GA
August 2, 2010
Proclamation from New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson designating September 2010 as “Aviation and Aerospace Appreciation Month”

New York

May 10, 2013
New York Declares May Aviation Appreciation Month
May 23, 2012
New York Governor Designates May as Aviation Appreciation Month
March 24, 2011
State Legislature Honors New York Aviation Group During Its Advocacy Day
May 24, 2010
Proclamation from New York's Westchester County about the importance of Westchester County Airport (HPN)

North Carolina

December 2010
Proclamation from North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue (D) declaring December 3–10, 2010 as “Aviation Appreciation Week”

North Dakota

March 20, 2014
Proclamation from North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple declaring March "Aviation Month"
March 9, 2011
Proclamation from North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple declaring March 6-12, 2011 as “Aviation Week”

Ohio

Nov. 21, 2013
Ohio has declared December 2013 as General Aviation Appreciation Month.
December 7, 2012
Ohio, 'Birthplace of Aviation,' Declares December GA Appreciation Month
October 6, 2011
Ohio, 'Birthplace of Aviation,' Declares October GA Appreciation Month
November 3, 2010
Proclamation from the City of Riverside declaring November 2010 as “General Aviation Appreciation Month”
July 16, 2010
Proclamation by Governor Ted Strickland (D) declaring July 16, 2010, to be “Aviation Industry Awareness Day” in Ohio

Oklahoma

August 29, 2012
Proclamation by Governor Mary Fallin declaring August 2012 to be “Aviation and Aerospace Appreciation Month ”

Pennsylvania

September 15, 2011
Proclamation by Governor Tom Corbett declaring September 2011 to be “General Aviation and Aerospace Appreciation Month”

Rhode Island

August 31, 2012
Proclamation by Rhode Island’s Governor Chafee acknowledged August 2012 as Rhode Island General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month

South Carolina

August 14, 2013
South Carolina Governor Proclaims Aviation Week in August
August 16, 2012
South Carolina Governor Asserts Value of Business Aviation
June 3, 2011
Proclamation by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) declaring June 2011 “General Aviation Appreciation Month”

South Dakota

May 20, 2013
Proclamation by South Dakota Governor Daugaard declaring June 2013 as "General Aviation Appreciation Month"
June 3, 2011
Aviation Plays 'Critical' Role in South Dakota, Proclamation Says

Tennessee

September 11, 2012
Proclamation by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam declaring September 2012 “Aviation Appreciation Month”
March 11, 2010
Proclamation by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen (D) declaring April 2010 “General Aviation Appreciation Month”

Texas

Oct. 29, 2013
Texas Governor Declares November Aviation Appreciation Month
November 13, 2012
Texas Again Declares November “Aviation Appreciation Month”
November 11, 2011
Proclamation by Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) declaring November 2011 “Aviation Appreciation Month”

Utah

September 21, 2012
Utah Governor Declares Business Aviation an Important Tool for Companies

Vermont

March 8, 2010
Proclamation by Vermont Governor Jim Douglas (R) designating February 2010 “Aviation and Aerospace Appreciation Month”

Virginia

August 24, 2011
Virginia Governor Praises Business Flying In Aviation Month Proclamation

Washington

May 31, 2013
Proclamation by Washington Governor Inslee declaring June 2013 as “General Aviation Appreciation Month”
June 8, 2012
Proclamation by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire (D) declaring June 2012 “General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month”
May 10, 2010
Proclamation by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire (D) declaring May 2010 “General Aviation Appreciation Month”

West Virginia

October 3, 2013
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Reaffirms Appreciation for General Aviation
October 2, 2012
West Virginia's Governor Declares Business Aviation 'Critical' to State
August 11, 2011
Proclamation by West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) declaring August 2011 “General Aviation Appreciation Month”
January 11, 2010
Proclamation by West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III declaring January 2010 “General Aviation Appreciation Month”

Wisconsin

August 8, 2013
Wisconsin, Arkansas Hail Contributions of General Aviation
July 25, 2012
Wisconsin Aviation Week Proclamation Highlights Business Airports
July 19, 2010
Proclamation by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle declaring July 25-August 1, 2010 “Wisconsin Aviation Week”

Wyoming

June 20, 2013
Proclamation by Wyoming Governor Mead declaring June 2013 as "General Aviation Appreciation Month"
July 6, 2011
Proclamation by Wyoming Governor Mead declaring June 2011 "General Aviation Appreciation Month."