Dec. 24, 2015
Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor this month issued a proclamation designating December as “General Aviation Appreciation Month,” and encouraged all state residents to join the observance. This was the fifth such annual proclamation by Kasich.
“General aviation and community airports play a critical role in the lives of our citizens, as well as in the operation of our businesses and farms,” the proclamation states. It also described the state’s significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, educational institutions, aviation organizations, community airports and airport operators.
In 2014, the Buckeye State had 17,497 jobs supported by general aviation airports alone, with an annual payroll of $688 million. Ohio is home to several large fractional aircraft companies, including NetJets, MaxFlight and Flight Operations, which together employ more than 1,400 Ohio workers.
In addition to Ohio’s proclamation, eight city leaders in Ohio, along with mayors in Florida and Minnesota, recently issued general aviation appreciation month proclamations. They were:
- Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn. Review the Ocala proclamation. (PDF)
- Venice Mayor John Holic. Review the Venice proclamation. (PDF)
- Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley. Review the Cincinnati proclamation. (PDF)
- Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. Review the Cleveland proclamation. (PDF)
- Columbus Mayor Michael B Coleman. Review the Columbus proclamation. (PDF)
- Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. Review the Dayton proclamation. (PDF)
- Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik. Review the Findlay proclamation. (PDF)
- Mansfield Mayor Tim Theaker. Review the Mansfield proclamation. (PDF)
- Youngstown Mayor John McNally. Review the Youngstown proclamation. (PDF)
- Zanesville Mayor Jeff Tilton. Review the Zanesville proclamation. (PDF)
All proclamations contain several principles of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, an ongoing effort to communicate to policymakers and opinion leaders the value of business aviation. NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association launched the No Plan No Gain campaign in 2009, and since that time, all 50 states and more than 100 municipalities have officially recognized GA, including business aviation.