December 4, 2008
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Against the backdrop of an official declaration that the U.S economy has been in recession since 2007, state and local officials are calling on Congress and President–elect Barack Obama for an economic stimulus plan that includes extensive infrastructure investment. AOPA is making the case that aviation should not be forgotten in this effort.
“General aviation is vital to this nation’s economic prosperity. That’s the message we have been delivering to President-elect Barack Obama’s transportation transition team and congressional leaders,” explained AOPA incoming President Craig Fuller. “The competition to be in the stimulus package is fierce, but our goal is to include investments that help general aviation.”
Local leaders, including the National League of Cities (NLC), are calling for an economic stimulus package that will use aviation and other transportation projects to create jobs and shore up infrastructure. Obama has said he wants a stimulus package in place, ready for him to sign, when he takes office Jan. 20.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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