It is an honor to have Governor Parnell recognize the importance of aviation in Alaska! Below is the proclamation, in its full wording, which outlines not only our dependence on aviation, but some of the challenges as well. The final whereas also recognizes the centennial of flight.
In spite of the many challenges, it is exciting to see how far we have come in a hundred years!
Effective Date: Sunday, September 1st, 2013
WHEREAS, 82 percent of Alaska’s communities are without roads and depend on aviation as a lifeline to provide year-round access for commerce, transportation, emergency medical service, and tourism; and
WHEREAS, Alaskan residents fly more than eight times as often as residents of other states on average; and
WHEREAS, Alaska has more private planes per capita than any other state. There are 855 registered airports and seaplane bases, including 405 public use facilities and 450 private airports in Alaska, housing 10,423 aircraft utilized by 8,202 registered pilots; and
WHEREAS, our state’s extreme climate and formidable terrain requires the highest vigilance of volatile conditions, training, resourcefulness, and maintenance of equipment; and
WHEREAS, the aviation industry generates $3.5 billion and over 47,000 Alaskan jobs annually, accounting for ten percent of the jobs in the state; and
WHEREAS, this year, Alaska celebrates a century of aviation history that began on July 3, 1913 in Fairbanks and which, against overwhelming odds, has steadfastly become the largest aviation system in the United States.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim September 2013 as:
General Aviation Appreciation Month
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to honor the achievements of general aviation in Alaska during the past one hundred years.
Dated: August 30, 2013