May 13, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Cessna Aircraft Co. Chairman, President, and CEO Jack Pelton has been named by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to the department’s Future of Aviation advisory committee.
The committee was established in March to provide information, advice, and recommendations to the secretary on ensuring the competitiveness of the U.S. aviation industry and its capability to address the evolving transportation needs, challenges, and opportunities of the national and global economy.
Pelton is the only member of the committee representing general aviation.
“Aviation is essential to our nation’s economy and our ability to compete in international commerce,” LaHood said in a government press release. “This committee, which represents a broad cross-section of the aviation community, will begin the important conversation about how to ensure the industry remains vital and competitive.”
Susan Kurland, DOT assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs, will chair the committee.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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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