Governor Christine Gregoire has declared May “General Aviation Appreciation Month” in Washington. The proclamation she signed today outlines the critical role general aviation plays in business, agriculture, emergency medical air-service, as well as to the overall economy. General aviation contributes more than 178,000 jobs and approximately $3.18 billion in total economic impact to Washington alone.
“I am proud to sign this proclamation recognizing May as General Aviation Appreciation Month here in Washington,” she said. “General aviation means good jobs, business growth and access to medical care, disaster relief, law enforcement, and a host of important resources to communities across the state of Washington.”
“Washington State has long recognized the value that general aviation brings to the state’s economy across our diverse communities. The Governor’s Proclamation validates this recognition. General aviation airports are the backbone of the state aviation system and a critical element of the state’s overall transportation system,” said John Sibold, aviation director at the Washington Department of Transportation.
“General aviation is critical to Washington’s economy and quality of life,” said Craig Fuller, president and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. “This year’s spirited discussion on aircraft taxes in Olympia brought home to all of us the importance of grassroots efforts spreading awareness of the value of aviation to Washington. The pilot community appreciates Governor Gregoire’s recognition of how general aviation serves Washington state every day, and pledges to continue its commitment to work with the state in promoting GA.”