Restored 747 prototype now open to public at Museum of Flight

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SEATTLE — The first Boeing 747 was never an airliner. For more than 25 years it was used by Boeing for flight tests until the plane was retired and grounded in the 1990s, then moved to The Museum of Flight years later.

Now, after nearly two years of restoration, the aircraft’s mysterious cabin is open to the general public. Tours of the Jumbo Jet are offered every day until Oct. 31, and are free with admission to the museum.

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The lunch summit

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Believe it or not, I am not universally loved and admired. None of us are, really, so I’m sure you’re not exactly bowled over by this admission. But once you step into the political arena, you more or less guarantee that you’re going to become a target to at least a few folks. Know that up front, but get involved anyway. The industry needs you.

This tendency to turn on anyone who is attempting to do something beneficial is no surprise. Even in the good ol’ days, politicians were reviled more than they were revered. W.C. Fields, the juggler who became an early comic film star said, “Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.” Not much has changed.

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SD governor calls on President to protect GA

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The Alliance for Aviation Across America recently released a letter from South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard to President Obama asking the administration to recognize the critical role that general aviation plays in the economy and in communities throughout South Dakota. Specifically, Daugaard stressed the need to protect the general aviation sector from cumbersome taxes that would hurt the industry and the economy.

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Lawmakers attend general aviation jobs rally

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Senators Mike Johanns and Ben Nelson joined the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and more than 400 workers, state and local officials and aviation enthusiasts Friday at Duncan Aviation for a general aviation (GA) jobs rally. The rally was held inside Duncan Aviation’s new paint hangar at the Lincoln Airport in Lincoln, Neb.

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Lawmaker launches ‘America Flies’ to boost general aviation

Hoping to battle what he says has been damaging rhetoric against general aviation from President Barack Obama, U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) has launched the America Flies campaign, which features a website where aviation advocates can sign a petition promoting the industry and share their stories of how general aviation has benefited them. According to the Wichita Business Journal, Pompeo hopes the message of the industry’s benefits will be passed along to decision makers and legislators.

GA Caucus hits all-time high

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association reports that membership in the House General Aviation Caucus leaped to 169 in December, representing more than a third of the House. Lawmakers in both houses are joining the Congressional GA Caucuses to better understand GA and its importance to the national economy and to educate their colleagues; the Senate GA Caucus has grown to 36 members. Is your senator or representative a member of the caucus?