February 2009

GREETINGS! First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. If Congress were to include the aviation sector in its economic stimulus packages, more than 40,000 high-paying jobs would be created, aviation safety would be improved, and there would be positive effects for the environment, according to a coalition of aviation organizations.
The group of 12, including AOPA, told Senate and House leaders that the industry's proposals would "not only achieve short-term economic stimulus goals, but would also lead to long-term efficiencies and economic growth." The proposals also would improve environmental stewardship.

"Investing in the aviation infrastructure will put people to work, help local communities across the country, and encourage additional economic investment," said AOPA President Craig Fuller. "The group proposals incorporate many of the ideas that AOPA discussed recently in a private meeting with President-elect Barack Obama's transportation planning transition team."

Included in the industry proposals were more funds for airport construction and incentives to aircraft owners and airlines for installing equipment allowing them to take full advantage of the NextGen Air Traffic Control System. The group proposed that some $3 billion be spent on NextGen infrastructure, which would reduce airline delays, improve aviation safety, and reduce emissions.

Included in the proposal is some $2.5 billion to support aircraft equipage, including ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) transceivers.

Secondly, The aviation organizations proposed that the current Airport Improvement Program (AIP) receive an additional $1 billion in funding. There are more than 5,000 public-use airports in the United States, but only about 500 have commercial service. General Aviation airports are the transportation life links for the majority of America's communities.

"There are improvement projects that would increase the utility and safety of these vital airports that could go to contract within 30 days if the money were available,' said Craig Fuller. The aviation groups predicated that this proposed infrastructure funding could create some 35,000 jobs.

While the aviation industry is feeling the current economic pain like everyone else, "all forecasts point to robust growth in the civil aviation sector in the coming years," the group said. The aviation industry directly or indirectly generates more than 10 million jobs and $1.2 trillion in annual economic activity, representing some 5.6 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.

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Remember, that as members of USPA, MPA, TPA, TXAA, NMPA, NPA, IPA, EAA, AOPA, or other pilot associations of which you may be a member, we have a powerful voice, in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, or whatever state you may represent. Every group of taxpayers and pilots carries a strong voice to Washington, D.C., as well as at the state and local level.
We need to learn how to use our voices, and speak up for general aviation.

So Let's not forget to exercise our privileges, and continue to make a "Difference for General Aviation."


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