September, 2014: Aviation Month

WHEREAS, Michigan is home to 235 public use airports, 155 licensed aircraft dealers, 70 licensed flight schools, 5 aircraft manufacturers, 6,500 registered aircraft, and 16,000 licensed pilots; and,

WHEREAS, aviation related activities contribute over $20 billion annually to Michigan’s economy and provide significant positive economic and quality of life impacts in Michigan communities throughout the State; and,

WHEREAS, The Michigan Air Tour will take place September 19-21 taking the message of the importance of aviation to communities across Michigan and commemorating the first Michigan Air Tour which took place in 1929; and

WHEREAS, The Michigan Association of Airport Executives will focus their 62nd annual fall conference on celebrating Michigan’s rich aviation history and looking forward to a bright future enhanced by the benefit of aviation and aerospace technologies; and

WHEREAS, The Michigan Aeronautics Commission has provided leadership and sound counsel regarding the growth and advancement of aeronautical activity in the State of Michigan since 1929;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2014 as Aviation Month in Michigan