September 2012: Michigan Aviation Month

WHEREAS, Michigan is home to 235 public-use airports, 70 licensed flight schools, 225 licensed aircraft dealers, 6,800 registered aircrafts and 16,000 licensed pilots; and,


WHEREAS, aviation-related activities contribute more than $10 billion to Michigan's economy annually, having significant economic impact in the Great Lakes State; the annual Michigan Air Tour is an opportunity to recognize Michigan's airports, aviation infrastructure and commitment to aviation safety; and,


WHEREAS, this year's Michigan Air Tour will take place September 21-23, sharing the importance of aviation with communities throughout lower Michigan and commemorating the first Michigan Air Tour, which took place in 1929; and,


WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Association of Airport Executives and the Michigan Aeronautics Commission to encourage Michigan citizens to learn more about the Michigan Air Tour, and to recognize and celebrate Michigan's rich aviation history;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2012 as Michigan Aviation Month.