House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) convened a hearing this week to examine specific FAA policies and procedures pertaining to the general aviation industry and the economic impact on the industry and businesses that rely on it. The committee heard from a panel of general aviation industry professionals, appearing on behalf of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the National Business Aviation Association.
In his opening remarks, Graves emphasized the importance of general aviation to the economy. He said, “Despite the industry’s contributions to the economy, general aviation is facing economic challenges. In recent years, rising fuel costs and a decline in the number of pilots in the United States, coupled with a drop off in airplane production has left the industry vulnerable. Given this, it is critical that the needs of small operators are understood by those who are regulating the industry. Unfortunately, this is not the case.”