May 7, 2009
AOPA ePublishing Staff
The challenges that face general aviation today—user fees, onerous security regulations, pressure to close airports, and the notion that small aircraft are toys for the rich—are all being driven by a misperception and a misunderstanding of the industry.
In order to protect this segment of aviation and airports, it’s important for the industry to work together, Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs, told the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives on May 5 in Reston, Va.
“We have this shared role in the future of protecting airports,” Cebula said of the importance of reaching out to the airport association. “It’s going to take all of us working together to correct this misperception of GA and protect our industry into the future.”
Cebula shared AOPA’s new educational initiative, the GA Serves America Campaign, with the group, reinforcing the important economic asset airports are to their communities. Airport property often is eyed as green space for development by growing communities, but airports bring in more dollars to the area than could be produced by residential housing, shopping malls, or hotels.
AOPA and the Massachusetts Airport Management Association defeat an effort to cut $34 million from the Massachusetts transportation bond bill.
Engine overhauler Penn Yan Aero announced that it is extending the warranties on overhauled and experimental aircraft engines, effective immediately.
Dinners at Waypoint Café at California's Camarillo Airport will have an outside dining option to watch airplanes and helicopters take off and land, and learn more about general aviation in the process.
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