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Washington Governor Declares June as “General Aviation Appreciation Month”

Governor Jay Inslee has given aviation enthusiasts in the state a reason to celebrate by declaring June 2017 as General Aviation Appreciation Month.

Gov. Inslee recently signed a proclamation declaring June 2017 as a time to recognize general aviation’s importance to our state. This marks the fifth year in a row that general aviation has received this recognition via a governor’s proclamation in Washington state.

In his proclamation, Gov. Inslee emphasized the crucial role that aviation plays to the state’s transportation system and economy, as it effectively and efficiently moves people, goods and services.

Read the full proclamation.

“With summer just around the corner, this proclamation is a great way to encourage people to visit our state’s airports during the month of June,” said Tristan Atkins, Washington State Department of Transportation director of aviation. “We appreciate Gov. Inslee recognizing, again, the importance of general aviation.”

Washington is home to a diverse aviation system, with 137 public-use airports ranging in size and purpose. The proclamation highlights how general aviation, aerospace, aircraft manufacturing and other aviation activities contribute to Washington’s economic health and vitality.

“We join the many aviation organizations in Washington state in thanking Gov. Inslee for signing this proclamation,” said David Ketchum, president of the Washington State Aviation Alliance. “Aviation contributes so much to our state, and it is efforts such as this that help protect and promote aviation in the state of Washington.”

More details about the aviation economic statistics cited in the governor’s proclamation are available in the 2012 Washington Aviation Economic Impact Study, completed by the WSDOT Aviation Division.

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