By Mary Grady, Contributing editor
Both the U.S. House and the Senate formed General Aviation Caucuses last year, and their ranks are growing. Now NBAA is encouraging pilots to contact those representatives to let them know that you value GA. Pilots whose representatives are not yet members of the caucus can ask them to join. The House GA Caucus now numbers more than 100 members and the Senate group is 25 strong. The NBAA Web site lists members of each caucus by state. The House Web site makes it easy to e-mail your representative simply by entering your zip code. At the Senate Web site, it’s also easy to choose your state and immediately get e-mail links for both senators. AOPA also offers online guidance on how to communicate with your elected representatives about GA.
Members of each caucus work with the aviation industry and relevant government agencies to insure a safe and vibrant environment exists for GA, and promote its value to the nation’s economy and transportation system, says NBAA. The House GA Caucus is co-chaired by Rep. Vernon Ehlers, R-Mich., and Rep. Allen Boyd, D-Fla. Senators Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and Mike Johanns, R-Neb., formed the Senate GA Caucus. “The continued growth of these caucuses underscores the recognition by Congress that general aviation creates jobs, provides a transportation lifeline to communities across the country, helps businesses succeed and supports people and communities in times of crisis,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We are delighted to work with House and Senate Caucus Members to highlight the essential role general aviation, including business aviation, plays in every state and Congressional District.”