Get to know your elected officals
Elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels are key decision makers on issues that affect your airport and your ability to fly. It is vitally important that our leaders at every level of government are aware of the importance of general aviation to our economy and quality of life. Take these simple steps to learn more about who represents you, and help them know more about GA.
Be Aware of Political Candidates’ Position on GA
Airports and aviation issues are not often the most talked-about issues in a political campaign. Make sure that candidates you meet are aware that these issues are important to many voters in your community, and ask them where they stand. You may have to take a few minutes to educate them—be prepared to tell them about your local airport, how important it is to the community, and its many contributions to the area. Tell them how important flying is to you personally!
Host a Candidate Open House
During an election year, many groups in your community invite candidates to a forum to learn about their views on the issues important to those voters. Your local pilot group could host a forum focused on aviation and airport issues. It’s a great way to educate the candidates and learn how they feel about your local airport and other important aviation issues.
Respond to AOPA Action Alerts
AOPA’s advocacy team is actively engaged in working the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures to protect your interests and to keep flying accessible and affordable. Sometimes, we need your help! When we do, you may receive an AOPA Action Alert in your inbox, asking you to contact your state or federal representatives to help persuade them to vote with us on a particular issue. When you do, please follow the instructions in the Action Alert and contact your legislator right away! Strong support from AOPA’s more than 415,000 members nationwide gives our advocacy efforts the strength it needs to make our voice heard from the White House to the State House.