Governor Burgum Declares March 2022 - Aviation Month
Posted 3/01/22 (Tue)
WHEREAS, the state of North Dakota has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, educational institutions, aviation organization, public airports, and airport operations; and,
WHEREAS, the aviation and aerospace industry continue to play an increasing role as an economic catalyst in North Dakota, creating over 32,000 jobs and contributing an estimated $3.6 billion annually to the state’s economy; and
WHEREAS, North Dakota has 89 public-use airports across the state, serving approximately 4,000 in-state pilots and over 2,200 based aircraft; and
WHEREAS, 1.8 million passengers utilized commercial air transportation within North Dakota in 2021 and contributed an estimated $500 million to the state’s economy through commercial passenger visitor spending; and
WHEREAS, North Dakota is a leader in world-class aviation education opportunities, product development, and technological advancement; and
WHEREAS, North Dakota is home to one of the leading Unmanned Aircraft System test sites in the nation where research is being conducted to help integrate this new industry into the national airspace system; and
WHEREAS, aviation is also an essential part of our agricultural productivity as 95 aerial applicator businesses provided services to approximately 2.5 million acres of cropland in 2021.
WHEREAS, the communities within North Dakota depend heavily on their community airports for the continued flow of commerce, tourists, and visitors to our state:
NOW, THEREFORE, as Governor of the State of North Dakota, I do hereby proclaim March, 2022, AVIATION MONTH in the state of North Dakota.