Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has declared June 2015 as Colorado General Aviation Appreciation Month, marking the fifth consecutive year in which general aviation’s role in the lives of residents has received official recognition.
The gubernatorial proclamation, issued June 1, affirms the $2.4 billion contribution Colorado’s airports make to the state’s economy, supporting 265,700 jobs with an annual payroll of nearly $12.6 billion.
The proclamation notes that Colorado is home to a variety of aviation businesses, including 40 flight charter operators, 71 repair stations, and 70 fixed-base operations.
Many communities in Colorado "depend heavily on general aviation and community airports for the continued flow of commerce," it proclaims.
AOPA is an active advocate for general aviation’s interests in Colorado, working closely with the new Colorado General Aviation Alliance, Colorado Pilots Association, the Colorado Airport Operators Association, and others for the benefit of the aviation community.
"AOPA members in Colorado are thankful that Governor Hickenlooper continues to spotlight the importance of aviation," said David Ulane, AOPA Northwest/Mountain regional manager. "Members in states that have not issued proclamations honoring general aviation’s contributions should encourage their elected officials to consider the benefits of doing so."