February 12, 2010
By Sarah Brown
Rep. Vernon J. Ehlers (R-Mich.), co-founder of the House General Aviation Caucus and longtime supporter of GA, announced Feb. 10 that he will leave Congress at the end of his current term.
The nine-term congressman and pilot sits on the House aviation subcommittee and has spoken out for GA on a range of issues, from security to user fees. He founded the GA Caucus in 2009 with fellow congressman Allen Boyd (D-Fla.), and AOPA recognized the two men for this effort to educate their colleagues about the value of GA by giving them the Joseph B. “Doc” Hartranft Award.
“We are sorry to be losing such a dedicated congressman and devoted voice for general aviation on the Hill,” said AOPA President Craig Fuller. “We are grateful for Congressman Ehlers’ leadership on behalf of the GA community, and we will work hard to ensure that his successor, and all newly elected representatives, understand the true value of GA for all Americans.”
While Ehlers will not return to Congress in January 2011, his legacy for GA will remain. The GA Caucus has now grown to more than 100 members, and support for GA in the House has been growing.
“Congressman Ehlers has been a true champion of GA in Congress,” said AOPA Vice President of Legislative Affairs Lorraine Howerton. “His knowledge and support of the GA community has been instrumental in making progress on key initiatives affecting the industry. We thank him for his support and hard work on behalf of GA, and wish him well in the future.”
Watch Ehlers discuss the caucus with AOPA President Craig Fuller on AOPA Live.
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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