November 12, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.) announced that he would be handing over the reins of the House General Aviation Caucus co-chair to fellow pilot Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) when he retires from Congress at the end of this term. The surprise announcement came during an interview with AOPA President Craig Fuller on AOPA Live Nov. 12 at AOPA Aviation Summit.
“Rep. Sam Graves is a longtime supporter of and vocal advocate for general aviation among his congressional colleagues. We believe he is an excellent choice to succeed Congressman Vern Ehlers as the Republican co-chair of the House General Aviation Caucus,” said AOPA President Craig Fuller.
“At the same time, I would like to extend my thanks to Congressman Ehlers on behalf of AOPA and all our members. His leadership in helping to found the House GA Caucus and his steadfast support of general aviation throughout his time on Capitol Hill have made a real difference in protecting our freedom to fly. Although he is retiring from Congress, I can’t imagine him sitting still for too long.
“The Caucus that he helped establish, and that Congressman Graves will now help lead, has grown to be one of the biggest on Capitol Hill. The work of its members will be vital as the next Congress attempts to pass a long-term FAA funding bill.”
Ehlers helped form the House GA Caucus in 2009, and since then it has grown to more than 100 members. Members of the caucus educate their colleagues on Capitol Hill about the value of GA and the vital role it plays in our national aviation infrastructure and the economy. —AOPA ePublishing staff
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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