West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is the latest chief executive to publicly endorse business aviation, calling for October 2016 to be General Aviation Appreciation Month in the Mountain State. He was joined in his declaration by proclamations from six mayors, representing towns across the state of West Virginia.
“With the state’s geography, large numbers of business and communities depend on general aviation aircraft for access to medical treatment, economic opportunity and communications,” Tomblin wrote. “West Virginia has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, the aerospace industry, West Virginia airports, aircraft manufacturing and repair stations and aviation education.
“West Virginia airports provide access for businesses and tourists to isolated areas, enabling businesses to remain part of the nation’s air transportation systems and connected to the world’s global marketplace,” he added. General aviation in West Virginia supports 5,300 jobs in the state, resulting in $256 million in labor income. Additionally, general aviation contributes more than $1 billion to the state’s total economic output annually.