A recent proclamation by Cody Mayor Nancy Tia Brown recognized general aviation as a vital strategic resource to the City of Cody.
The document – presented at the June 21 City Council meeting in conjunction with National Aviation Month – declared June 2016 as General Aviation Appreciation Month in the city and recognized the economic impact general aviation and Yellowstone Regional Airport have on Cody.
The mayor’s proclamation said:
• A Wyoming aviation economic impact study shows general aviation airports in the state contribute more than $73 million in economic impact annually and support 410 jobs with a total payroll exceeding $14.4 million.
• According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Wyoming is home to eight repair stations, two FAA-approved pilot schools, 364 student pilots and 283 flight instructors.
• There are 34 fixed-base operators in Wyoming, according to a global resource for aviation information.
• There are 113 heliports in Wyoming, according to Helicopter Association International.
• General aviation not only supports Wyoming’s economy, it improves overall quality of life by supporting emergency medical and healthcare services, law enforcement, firefighting and disaster relief, and by transporting business travelers to their destinations quickly and safely.
• The nation’s aviation infrastructure represents an important public benefit, and congressional oversight should be in place to ensure stable funding.