I agree we need to do something to stop user fees and to get rid of the ADIZ (To build a fire, to save our airspace, July 21 issue). The problem is how do you get anyone to listen? I belong to AOPA and know they are doing what they can. I have talked to my representative and I do not think she understands or cares.
So in your article you say let’s get fired up. OK, I agree, but tell your readers what we need to do, as I for one do not know how to make someone like a state representative listen, or any other government person. It appears to me they just go to the side they think will get them the most campaign money or votes. Doing what is best doesn’t enter into it. They do not understand that when the airlines get us out of the sky, then they will really pay.
So again tell us how we can attack this as a group and as individual in such a way that we will be heard.
EDITOR’S NOTE: There are many innovative ways to promote airports, which we write about quite often but have not yet assembled as a single set of guidelines.
Mr. Dammel asks about getting the attention of legislators. Here’s an idea: Ever thought of donating to a political campaign specifically to support an airport or airports? Particularly at state, county and community levels, focus on your current representatives – or a favorite candidate, if you feel the incumbent should go – and tell them bluntly that you care about the fate of your airport. Send money. It might be $50 or $100, or less or more.
As Mr. Dammel correctly says, politicians are influenced by campaign money. Well, get together with like-minded friends, create a campaign kitty and use it specifically to promote airport welfare.