Dec. 30, 2014

For the fourth year in a row, Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared December General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month.

“Ohio GA airports contribute nearly $5.5 billion, or $478 per capita, to the state’s economy yearly,” Kasich wrote in his proclamation. He noted that aviation has a total economic impact of $10.5 billion annually in the state and is responsible for generating 17,352 jobs.

“Not only has Ohio long supported airports and aircraft operations, but Ohio officials recognize that many companies and government agencies in the state are directly involved with aviation technology and equipment or involved in infrastructure support,” said NBAA Midwest Regional Representative Bob Quinn.

Review the Ohio proclamation.

Also, top officials in 11 cities and counties in Ohio and four other states recently declared their appreciation for general aviation, including business aviation and community airports. Without exception, the proclamations praised the value of GA, and many cited the number of permanent, well-paying jobs GA supports.

Proclamations came from the following cities and counties:

Abilene, TX

Cincinnati, OH

Cleveland, OH

College Station, TX

Columbus, OH

Findley, OH

Hawaii County, HI

Kauai County, HI

Mansfield, OH

Richmond, RI

Rocky Mount, NC

Since the launch of the joint NBAA and General Aviation Manufacturers Association No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign in 2009, all 50 states have issued statements recognizing the value of aviation, business flying and community airports.