A bipartisan broup of U.S. senators, led by Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), convened its first official meeting of the Congressional General Aviation Caucus in the Senate today. The Caucus, already comprised of 22 senators, was organized to recognize and support the important role general aviation plays in local economies and the national transportation system.
“In communities across the nation, local airfields and small aircraft often provide the best and most efficient means of transportation,” said Selena Shilad, executive director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America, a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of more than 4,400 individuals representing businesses, agricultural groups, FBOs, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation group. “Small aircraft and airports used by businesses, farmers and individuals are a vital tool to bring emergency services, such as transportation to medical facilities, search and rescue support and firefighting assistance to our citizens.”
Shilad noted that GA contributes more than $150 billion to the U.S. economy annually and employs 1.2 million workers. Additionally, general aviation provides a vital link for farmers, businesses and communities to larger cities and markets around the world.
“More than ever, GA continues to provide communities with access to medical care, economic opportunity and emergency evacuation, as well as a host of other vital services and resources,” added Shilad. “We commend Senators Begich and Johanns for forming the GA Caucus in the Senate and urge all senators to join this important new organization.”
Recently, the Alliance launched a national economic survey that profiles the role that GA plays in our nation’s economy, on a state by state basis.
For more information: AviationAcrossAmerica.org.