WHEREAS, Michigan is home to 235 public use airports, 144 licensed aircraft dealers, 66 licensed flight schools, 5 aircraft manufacturers, 6,500 registered aircraft, and 13,552 licensed pilots; and,
WHEREAS, aviation related activities contribute over $20 billion annually to Michigan’s economy and positively impact Michigan’s communities; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan Association of Airport Executives will hold their 64th annual fall conference on September 12-16, 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 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Fly-In at W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek is scheduled for September 16-17, with fascinating aircraft displays, exhibits and a calendar full of seminars and fun activities; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan Air Tour will take place September 16-18, coinciding with AOPA’s Fly-In at Battle Creek and taking the message of the importance of aviation to communities across Michigan as well as commemorating the first Michigan Air Tour, which took place in 1929; and,
WHEREAS, the Air Transportation Expo will take place on September 22, at the Oakland County International Airport, showcasing the advantages and opportunities business aviation provides throughout Michigan; 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 2016 as Michigan Aviation Month.