AOPA has been working with staff on Capitol Hill to develop a rough draft of a legislative proposal that would provide relief to those general aviation businesses damaged by the ground stop that occurred in the wake of the tragic events of September 11. The draft proposal would require the Small Business Administration to provide grants and loans to small GA businesses that qualify and would defer repayment of loans and interest rates for one year.
Please note, the proposal is only in the preliminary stages and has not been assigned a bill number. More revisions to the proposal's language are expected in the coming days. AOPA Legislative Affairs staff is working with interested members of Congress to sponsor the proposal, as well as plan a coherent strategy to maneuver it through Congress.