Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of Regional Affairs (left), and Regional Representative Jerry Hooper (center), meet with Texas Speaker of the House James "Pete" Laney.
AOPA Vice President for Regional Affairs Bill Dunn and Southwest Regional Representative Jerry Hooper recently spent a day at the Texas State Capitol, talking about general aviation in the state. During meetings with several key legislators, including Speaker of the House James "Pete" Laney (D-35th), Dunn and Hooper reinforced the continuing needs of the general aviation airport system in the state and the need for the state to take a more proactive role in assuring that those needs are met in a timely manner.
Following the closure of Robert Muller Airport, legislators passed (with AOPA encouragement) a bill mandating that a new GA airport be built in the Austin area. During their meeting with Laney, Dunn and Hooper expressed their hope that he would be able to help expedite the planning and construction of that airport, which would provide accommodations for general aviation operators displaced by the closure of Robert Muller Airport.