The epic battle waged this past fall between the general aviation community and lawmakers over user fees was re-examined today in an article by GlobalAir.com contributer and Corporate Flight Management, Inc., CEO Allen Howell.
On his blog, PlaneConversations.com, Howell recounts the efforts of the Airline Transport Association and others, via mainstream media, to shift public perception of general aviation to that of, "fat cats who ride around in big corporate jets wallowing in corporate excess while asking for government bailouts."
Most of us thought it to be a losing battle but, still, none of us would go down without a fight. I can’t speak for the organizations that represent us, but at the time I think they probably saw the battle as an uphill fight. The organizations that supported our interests seemed to be behind the power curve and lacked the money to work the Hill the old fashioned way.
From this recent win for the little guy, Howell says the term 'We the People' may have new meaning in today's political climate.
Read the full story here.
Indiana Jones traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, saying show business has been good to him.
So has the spirit of flying, apparently, as Harrison Ford met with Congressional members alongside AOPA President Craig Fuller. Among the talking points, a big thank you to lawmakers for not imposing user fees in this year's FAA budget.
Read more on the visit via General Aviation News.