November 3, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
The Nov. 2 elections dramatically changed the dynamic of Congress, bringing new challenges and opportunities for general aviation.
The Republican Party gained 60 seats in the House in this historic election, and it now controls the majority in the House of Representatives. While the Senate still has a Democratic majority, its numbers also shifted, which will impact its ability to control Senate deliberations.
"General aviation had made significant strides with the current Congress, including the House and Senate General Aviation Caucuses, which continued to grow throughout the year as senators and representatives reached out to their colleagues to educate them on the vital role GA plays in our national aviation infrastructure and the economy," said Lorraine Howerton, AOPA vice president of legislative affairs. “With the new Congress, AOPA will work to ensure the legislators and their staffs understand the issues important to GA.”
AOPA President Craig Fuller will discuss the change in Congress with Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-Mich), Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), and Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) on AOPA Live at 2:10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time during AOPA Aviation Summit in Long Beach, Calif. Follow the discussion at the AOPA Live stage in person at the Long Beach Convention Center, or log in online for a live stream of the interview.
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
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